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Stopping Church Shopping

We’ll call them Brian and Victoria Samples. They are followers of Jesus, born-again, and church shoppers. Following the tried-and-true method of how to select a new church passed down from their parents, the young couple sits through several worship services, boldly leave their toddler in childcare, and pray about their fit with that church. Now, … Continue reading

Why I Hate Drywall (and Why You Should, Too)

Standing around with pastors during a break at an associational pastor’s conference, one pastor lamented that his church had stopped growing. When I asked why, he said that his building could only hold so many people. When I asked him why a little thing like drywall would prohibit growth, it was like scales fell off … Continue reading

Helping the Lost Progress toward Faith and Action

An older church planter startled me. “Mark,” he said. “I appreciated that you said new believers typically know more lost people. In all my years of ministry, I never thought about training up a new believer to share their faith. And I wanted you to know I’ll be going out with them to share Jesus with … Continue reading

Closing the Back Door: Five Keys

In a consultation with a church as they were developing their evangelism strategy, it dawned on me that if their church had been in a community that had not grown numerically, they easily could have closed their doors. Many American communities have grown incredibly in the past decade. If churches in those communities lost two … Continue reading

Tina and the Cross Tattoo

When the cashier handed me change at a convenience store, the Holy Spirit made sure that I saw the tattoo on her hand. It was a small cross. “Is that a cross?” I asked. “Yes,” she said. “I’ve had it on my hand since I was 14 years old.” “Does that mean that you are … Continue reading

What does success look like?

This week it was a joy to participate in a video conference with a godly church consultant. This leader has helped many churches and organizations shape their structure and effectiveness. He’s written a number of thought-provoking books, too. I had an encounter with this man about a year ago, but didn’t mention it when we … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #3 of 10: Equip as a Priority

Revolutions around the world rely on training. The Orality Movement requires nothing less. Training must be on several levels: Each “revolutionary” (practitioner) must become as knowledgeable as possible. There will likely never be one central authority; never has. We all just keep being driven back to the Bible as the touchpoint. Some insist that “a leader … Continue reading

Etching God’s Word

   Got a song stuck in your head? “I’m Henry the Eighth I am. Henry the Eighth I am I am…” [If that’s new to you, here’s Herman’s Hermits on the Ed Sullivan Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GisCRxREDkY%5D Okay, now you do (sorry!). It’s not an accident or some sinister mind control game. Scientists call these repeating loops … Continue reading

Setting Priorities that Transform

There’s a great missions video clip giving missions quotes. (The link is at the bottom.) My favorite was by Oswald J. Smith: “We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard about the first.” That quote stabs at my heart. So many have never heard the Gospel of Jesus! Job #1 is … Continue reading

TruthSticks Training – workshop info

    TruthSticks Training is a comprehensive training program that uses five learning zones. Each one builds on the other. You can’t show up for the second half and know what’s going on. It’s an intentional day of exploring and evaluating and growing.    It’s a safe environment among other believers to take a hard look … Continue reading