We are planting a new church in Rock Hill, SC focused on the southwest corner of town. Our community is the three-mile radius surrounding South Pointe High School and we are very excited about the growing company of men and women God is assembling to bring a fresh expression of the gospel to the ethnically … More Our New Church
These twelve things, are more important than whatever your pastor preaches from week to week and whatever music is used from week to week. If these results are happening in your church, stop complaining about EVERYTHING else and rejoice in what God is doing in your midst. If they aren’t happening, pray for your leadership … More Twelve Things that are More Important than Preaching and Music at Your Church
This morning I had the opportunity to explore a very familiar text with a group of friends as we came together to worship the Lord and pray for one another. The text was not only a familiar text, it is, for most readers, one of those “boring, skip-over texts”. But we took a second look … More Re-examining Familiar Texts: Protect the Other
On Tuesday I was involved in some on-line mentor training led by Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI). All of the presenters were friends of mine and they did a fantastic job of sharpening our focus on how to mentor the church planters with whom we are working. And like any good mentor, each of them … More How to Start Church
Here is a startling observation. Nowhere in the Scipture are we told to develop leaders. Yet leaders for the church is one of the crying needs of our generation, in fact, of every generation. It seems in Scripture, that the assumption is that leaders will be developed in the natural process of making disciples. Out … More Where Do We Find the Leaders the Church Needs?
The Church is Anemic. We are called to make disciples. It is the one outcome that Jesus wants us to be working on as we go about all the stuff of life. Everything else is secondary. So what does it tell us that according to a Barna Group survey just two years ago . . … More The Discipleship Problem at Our Door
The one thing we must do, make disciples, is the one thing that the church in America is failing at. Do you think that is too harsh a comment? Too pessimistic? I don’t think so. What I do think is that if we don’t take seriously Jesus’s command to make disciples and give real intention … More Discipleship–the one thing we must do
Monday Discussion I don’t know if the question was real, if it was directed specifically at me, or a set up by another Christian who wanted to know how to counsel someone else. I just know that it is a good question. It came to me as a question on Quora.com. How did you get … More “My relationship with God is cold.”
Stunning survey of seminary graduates now serving in the pastorate. “A leading seminary recently surveyed its graduates to discover where it might better address any deficencies in its program. The questionaire asked its alumni to identify the one area in which they wish they had received better instruction. After three or four years of intenses … More How Do Such Men Lead the Church?
Sunday Afternoon Reading These are some quotes from some of my weekend reading. Enjoy. “While the Gospels record many instances of Jesus instantly healing people’s illnesses, we know of not even one instance in which he simply waved his hand to immediately fix an ugly habit for one of his disciples. Instead, he simply kept … More Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus