Church Planting & Differentiation

Church Planting & Differentiation

Every new business needs to differentiate itself from all others. Else, why the need for a new business? Church planting necessitates differentiation. These days, being different may open otherwise hostile hearts and minds. We face a rising generation more interested in healing hurts and sustaining resources than they are in traditional spiritual matters. We must […]

Planting “Pocket Churches”

Planting “Pocket Churches”

Peter Drucker wrote that we must measure, or judge every effort. He added, “…the single most important thing to remember about any enterprise is that results exist only on the outside.” If results exist only on the outside, the size of your church is not an effective measuring device. God measures your results from the […]

Church Planting and Differentiation

Church Planting and Differentiation

Every new business needs to differentiate itself from all others. Else, why the need for a new business? Church planting necessitates differentiation. These days, being different may open otherwise hostile hearts and minds. We face a rising generation more interested in healing hurts and sustaining resources than they are in traditional spiritual matters. We must […]

Planting Churches: More, Bigger or Both?

Planting Churches: More, Bigger or Both?

Should church multiplication be about planting bigger churches. Or, should church planting be about planting many small churches? Both are wrong answers. The true fruit of an apple tree is not apples (coverts in our churches). A better answer might be apple seeds, for the fabled Johnny to do his work. Instead the true fruit […]

Strong Leaders Mine “Crisis” Moments

Strong Leaders Mine “Crisis” Moments

Leadership is a funny thing. Often it requires little more than looking at a situation from a different angle. Good leaders do this well. When dealing with “crisis” moments we can either let them beat us up, or we can mine them for the gems hidden within. Leaders act. Others react. If you take control […]

Surfers, a Sailboat and “Special Kids”

Surfers, a Sailboat and “Special Kids”

“We’re buying a sailboat so we can sail to Peru and spend a year surfing…” With those words my discipleship group broke up or at least floated into the sunset. I had spent just two months discipling these three young men. I brought a couple of them to the Lord and spent lots of time […]

Your Congregation as a Church Planting Network

Your Congregation as a Church Planting Network

The Holy Spirit blesses church planting movements. While the twelve held council in Jerusalem, a bunch of un-named people planted churches in Cyprus, Cyrene and eventually in Antioch. From Antioch, the Spirit kicked off a church multiplication movement that would sketch the history of Europe and the Mediterranean. After the Goths and Vandals After Rome […]