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Jul 27, 2016
Research

Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry

Facts are our friends, and so are stats.
Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry
Yahoo Movies / Sony

Those of you who know me know my tentative relationship with all things sports. But, with our move to Wheaton I wanted to approach our new home missionally, so, I took in a Chicago Cubs game.

It isn’t that I know nothing of sports; I just haven’t kept up much. Going ...

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Jul 25, 2016
Church Planting

Don’t Be the Bottleneck

Effective lead pastors must learn how to lead larger.
Don’t Be the Bottleneck

I love helping churches uncover growth opportunities! And oftentimes, while leading churches through this strategic process, I uncover something else. A bottleneck! The dictionary defines a bottleneck as a point of congestion or blockage. As the lead pastor, you must continually ...

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Jul 23, 2016
Seminars
Saturday is for Seminars—Church Planting Leaders and The Defenders Apologetics Conference in Chicago

The next couple of weeks are a crazy couple of weeks in our family.

We’ve sold our Nashville house and move next week. Then, the week after, we unpack.

And, then, after that… back at it for a couple of conferences!

Here’s a couple where I’d value your prayers.

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Jul 22, 2016
Books
20 Truths from The Church as Movement by JR Woodward and Dan White, Jr.

1. God made us as relational beings, and he brings understanding through interaction and reflection. (16)

2. The Church as Industrial Complex is a resource-driven form of church that has a gravitational pull that unintentionally turns spirituality into a product, church growth ...

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Jul 22, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016

Distractions, Work, a Diverse America, Church signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016

Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?Karen Swallow Prior

Paul’s admonition to press toward the mark comes to mind in these days.

Do God’s Will, Not His WorkBethany Jenkins

A great word on how we compete with ourselves and others.

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Jul 21, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

Here are seven "Third Places" churches have built in and for their communities.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

It has been noted that third places serve as postmodern wells churches create to cross paths with the community.

Given that broad description, third places could include: cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, shopping centers, bars, hair salons, community centers, workout facilities, ...

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Jul 19, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2

Larger churches building smaller buildings with community areas are a growing trend.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2
Woodstock City Church

Following building trends isn’t necessarily a hobby of mine, but it is quite interesting. For instance, micro-housing or tiny houses have become increasingly popular, particularly among millennials, and in urban areas with a high cost of living.

But what about church buildings? ...

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Jul 17, 2016
Church

Sunday Journeys—Serving as Interim at Moody Church

Looking forward to serving Moody Church in the coming months.
Sunday Journeys—Serving as Interim at Moody Church

Normally in this space, I share about places where I've been preaching, to point out something helpful or instructive in that context. I plan to catch up on that soon.

However, my outside preaching and teaching will soon be drastically reduced as I do something I have always ...

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Jul 16, 2016
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars—Church of God LEAD

If you're attending LEAD next week make sure to say "hi"!
Saturday is for Seminars—Church of God LEAD

Church of God LEAD and General Assembly, July 18-22, 2016—Nashville, TN

Coming Soon

July 18, 2016
Church of God General Assembly
Nashville, TN

August 12-13, 2016
Gideons Global Impact Conference
Toronto, Ontario, CA

September 9, 2016
Capacity Conference
Atlanta, GA

September ...

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Jul 15, 2016
Church Planting

Justice and Church Planting: August CPLF Gathering

Join us at the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship
Justice and Church Planting: August CPLF Gathering

For the past few years we have hosted a gathering of denomination and network church planting leaders from across North America to consider process and practices of church planting. We call this group the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship. This is a peer group, specifically ...

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Jul 12, 2016
Leadership

Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer's wisdom on leadership endures.
Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Does your church have an intentional development plan to disciple and deploy believers to live out the Great Commission? Are you providing strategic pathways and opportunities for your congregation to participate in church planting so that they can be a part of the Kingdom of ...

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Jul 11, 2016
Church

Di-ver-si-ty: Overcoming Homogeneity in Our Churches

Racial diversity in local churches is a preview of eternity.
Di-ver-si-ty: Overcoming Homogeneity in Our Churches

Diversity, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization. It can also mean the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, and the like. ...

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Jul 10, 2016
Leadership
Alcohol Abuse, Perry Noble, and the Church's Response—What Now?

By now, you’ve probably read that Perry Noble is no longer the pastor at NewSpring Church.

The Greenville Online newspaper explained:

The Rev. Perry Noble, who started NewSpring Church nearly 20 years ago, is no longer its senior pastor.Early in Sunday's 9:15 a.m. service, ...
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Jul 8, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 8, 2016

Weeping during tragedy, Surrounded by Muslims, Church signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 8, 2016

Will You Weep With Me?Brian Key

After the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Brian Key asks white Christians a simple question: “Will you weep with me?”

Corporate LamentDan Hyun

Dan’s Facebook post provides insight into why various cultures ...

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Jul 7, 2016

Churches in America—Part 3

Convictional Christians are not leaving the faith.
Churches in America—Part 3

In addition to vital trends associated with Protestants and evangelicals, there are three more vital trends that are necessary to make sense of America’s religious landscape.

The rise of non-denominational churches.

The growth of nondenominational churches is often overlooked ...

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