Current Blog Posts

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 […]

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 […]

Are You Discouraged

Are You Discouraged? – From One Pastor to Another

Later this year, I will celebrate one year on full time staff with Healthy Growing Churches. As you might expect, my interactions with local church pastors has increased dramatically during the last several months. It has been pure joy to partner, train, coach, and encourage leaders who are on the frontline of […]

A Critical Moment for the Church: Why Do You Stand Here?

The Church in America is in a critical moment.  The church multiplication conversation is gaining tremendous momentum through dozens of church planting networks and ongoing conversations like the one the Exponential Conference is encouraging.  There is a growing hope these movements will continue to empower the Church forward to greater […]

Structure: Setting The Congregation Free to Accomplish Its Purpose

Structure: Setting The Congregation Free to Accomplish Its Purpose

I often hear pastors and lay leaders talk about frustrations related to their church’s organizational structure.  As we unpack their situation, it becomes apparent they don’t feel like the structural model is working very well.  It has become a lid to health and missional effectiveness.  This happens to a lot […]

Staff: The Right People, On the Right Bus, In the Right Seat

I love the game of baseball,  I have from an early age.  I started in little league and played through high school baseball.  My career ended at high school for multiple reasons, but the primary reason was my inability to hit the curve ball with any consistency.  It was my lid.  I […]

Coaching: The Power of a Well Formed Question

If you have coached pastors or church leaders any length of time you know well the tension that exists between coaching and telling.  Coaching in its purest sense is pulling out the best in those God has entrusted into our care.  Coaching that resorts to simply telling or offering our […]

Are You a Thermostat or a Thermometer?

Are you more concerned about your style of worship service than the kind of disciple you are producing?  Which gets more of your time, money or resources? From his jail cell in Birmingham Alabama on April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. penned a letter that should still the soul […]

Moving Toward Micro

Regardless of a church’s current size, I firmly believe revolutionary change will happen in the Church when courageous leaders are willing to embrace a new scorecard and intentionally focus on making and mobilizing biblical disciples. When this happens, we’ll see churches not only making disciples, but also reproducing and multiplying.

Live By Listening

In relationships that really matter, such as spouses, friends, clients, and significant others, listening skills can make or break the relationship. Listening deeper is possible and can have significant impact.