Author: Tom Planck

Fresh Expressions of the Church

On July 11th, 2017 the Barna Group published an article on their website that began with this paragraph: “It may come as no surprise that the influence of Christianity in the United States is waning. Rates of church attendance, religious affiliation, belief in God, prayer and Bible-reading have all been […]

Leading Yourself Well – Five Books

This summer, our focus has been on helping you lead well. We posted about leading ourselves, our families,  our ministries, through transformation, and leading through conflict and adversity. Last week, we shared with you some of our favorite Podcasts to help you grow and mature in your faith, marriage/family, and […]

Leading Yourself Well – Five Podcasts

This summer, our focus has been on helping you lead well. We posted about leading ourselves, our families,  our ministries, through transformation, and leading through conflict and adversity. Over the next few weeks, we want to share with you some of our favorite resources to help you grow and mature […]

Rhythm and Rest

Imagine for a moment it is a few days after Labor Day later this year. Your laptop is fired up while some really good music plays in the background. You are sipping a warm cup of great coffee in the middle of a very busy week. You are filled with […]

Leadership Development: Family Matters

Who remembers the show from the photo above? We don’t see many shows like this one on television anymore. Wasn’t it great to see the same plot unfold every week on TGIF? Great, loving, supportive family Problem or challenge unveiled Resolution – 30 minutes later Perhaps this type of show, […]

Lead Well. Lead Onward.

Everything rises and falls on leadership. The truth of this statement has been proven over time in a variety of different settings. There are undoubtedly other factors involved in the rise and fall of organizations, teams, and local churches. However, there is no question leadership tops that list. Deeply connected […]

Disciple-Making Tools

Intentional Discipleship It might be the pond I am swimming these days, but I cannot remember a time when I have heard more pastors and leaders talking about intentional disciple-making. It is so encouraging to hear church leaders digging in to redefine what a disciple of Jesus looks like and […]

End Well. Start Better.

Our calendars recently changed to the final month of 2018. If your fall ministry season has been anything like mine, you have likely been surprised by how quickly December arrived. You are now probably scrambling to get everything that needs to be accomplished checked off your task list before the […]

Hero-Maker Pastors in Guatemala

During the first week in November, I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala. I have made the journey to this beautiful country on many occasions, and each adventure has deepened my love for Guatemala and its joy-filled people. I first traveled to Guatemala in the summer of 2008. I […]

HGC Vision: Coaching

A tale of two churches, one without a coach and one with a coach. Tale One In the summer of 1994, my wife and I courageously moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to launch a new church. It might be hard to imagine these days, but the plethora of resources that exist […]