Church Planting

Ask two questions each day

One of the biggest questions you as a leader need to ask, “Are those who report to me headed in the same direction as me?” That’s a question for everyone who reports to you. No matter where you are now, I recommend you take a motto to heart. In fact, if you are looking for…

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Veni, Vidi, Velcro (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

The Roman army was at its peak in Jesus’ generation. During this timeframe they were able to rule enormous parts of the world. Roman soldiers are along the lines of Marines, but all are lifers. One way generals kept the morale and focus on the same page was to develop little sayings that summarized what…

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Why are these actors no longer cast in movies?

Have you been on the hunt for info online and then, found it or not, a popup article catches your eye? The one I stumbled across claimed to know why certain actors aren’t in the acting business any longer. They listed a dozen or so players—most of whom I’ve seen in years gone by, but…

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Reaching Millennials (5 of 5)

5. Show a Willingness to Change We will never be ready to embrace change. When we force the change, we will stir up resentment and anger. Why? Change usually happens when we aren’t enough prime for change. We can convince ourselves that proposed change needs to be close to perfect before we pull the trigger.…

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Reaching Millennials (4 of 5)

4. Lead and Challenge New Behaviors This generation isn’t just willing to be challenged – they nearly demand it. A significant part of their mentality is they want to make the world better than they found it, whether their focus is on the environment, or putting an end to bullying. They are just waiting for…

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Reaching Millennials (3 of 5)

3. Build an Accepting Community Pastors who lead congregations that feel “Stuck” – no sense of momentum, resistance to any new idea or direction. In conversations with dozens of pastors and leaders, I hear the same sentiments. “We are a very loving congregation, but no matter what we do, we have no momentum.” After sitting…

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Reaching Millennials (2 of 5)

2. Outward Focus on Loving the City Millennials are not just open to being outward toward the world around them; they are also open to the possibility of failure. Unlike most, they are willing to take the risk. Possible failure isn’t something we naturally embrace at any age, but the younger we are, the less…

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Reaching Millennials (1 of 5)

There is no magic to reaching the Millennial generation. On the other hand, if we hope to get them, we simply need to do and be what God’s word has called us to be about all along. Sometimes working with Millennials is about as frustrating as trying to use Jello as a baseball. The truth…

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#1. The senior leader is the primary mentor of evangelism.

10.5 Ways To Overcome Fear of the “E Word” God’s church goes forward numerically only as she gathers Newcomers unto herself. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult for leaders, much less the regular church rank, to embrace the notion of evangelism. There is a lot of baseless fear that is associated with the ineffectiveness of…

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Words of Love That Follow Deeds Of Love

One of my ongoing frustrations in Servant Evangelism has come in seeing people verbalize the Good News. The tendency of human nature is to speak little in the context of serving others. It is rather easy to recruit people onboard with the serving part of equation (the “S”). The evangelism (the “E”) is more challenging.…

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