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Culture: Counting the Cost – Part 2

There is a ton of buzz in churches these days regarding the need for some major cultural shifts. I believe the Holy Spirit is moving His bride in some dynamic ways at this moment in time. Some even say that we may see a 2nd Reformation in the Church over […]

Culture: Counting the Cost – Part 1

As we ramp up our discussion on church culture as we move closer to the first week of March when we will gather in Orlando for Exponential, one of the first points we need to tackle is counting the cost of making those small changes that will create a more […]

Captivating Culture

The book of Acts captures the captivating story of the birth and growth of the First Century Church. There are a few times in this amazing story where Luke clearly describes the ethos of the community that was forming. A wonderful example of this is found in Acts 2:42-47: “42They […]

The Posture of Surrender

So here we are — the last of this three-part series. You can access the previous weeks’ posts here. I feel like I’ve saved the best one for last, The Posture of Surrender. When it comes to our relationship with Christ, we know it all begins here with surrender. We come […]

The Posture of Gratitude

Last week you were hopefully able to read about the first of the three postures we’re talking about during this Advent season. The first one was The Posture of Generosity. Feel free to check that one out if you missed it. To recap, I heard a talk given by Danielle […]

The Posture of Generosity

Over the next three weeks, we’re going to take an in-depth look at three postures that I believe help us live a more peaceful, Jesus-filled life. At Exponential Orlando 2018, I heard Danielle Strickland, whom I respect and admire, talk about these postures and was so inspired to adopt this as […]

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 […]

HGC Vision: Consultation

All those in favor of having a group of outsiders or so-called experts show up at your church to look under the hood, raise your hand. What, no hands? I’m not the least bit surprised, and I’m sure you see the big, bright sarcasm sign flashing. No one wants a […]