10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church
Feb10

10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church

I have a friend who has started a new church. He suggested I write a post listing some lessons I’ve learned from helping start New Vintage Church in Escondido. It’s been an awesome journey, and if what we’ve picked up along the way can help others involved in the noble vision of church multiplication, I’d love to help. So, without further ado, here are the first five of ten things I’ve learned while starting a new church. I put these...

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Did You Feel That?
Jan27

Did You Feel That?

It’s important we check the softness of our hearts now and then. It’s good to be tough, to not get overwhelmed by things when chaos breaks out–or to make matters worse by freaking out along with everyone else. However… What’s even worse is to be a leader who can’t feel pain. When someone in the church or a loved one goes through something awful, can you feel it? I understand self-protection. I...

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My Top 10 Posts of 2013
Dec30

My Top 10 Posts of 2013

Below is a list of my top 10 most popular blog posts of 2013. Thank you so much for reading this blog and for caring about your growth as a Christian and/or church leader. Every blogger has moments when she or he asks whether it’s worth it to make oneself vulnerable through an outlet like this—and whether or not the work involved in blogging is worth it. Your readership this year has encouraged me greatly. I’ve been blogging for...

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My Top 5 Books of 2013
Dec23

My Top 5 Books of 2013

We’re getting to the end of the year, and thus it’s time for everyone to start putting their “lists” out there. Not everyone enjoys these posts. I do. I like reading what others found to be particularly helpful, because it helps me get to know them a bit better and to cut through some of the flood of information that comes my way every day. So, I’m putting together a mini-series of “Top 5″ lists as we head into the final stretch of...

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What’s Your 95mph Fastball?
Nov25

What’s Your 95mph Fastball?

A couple of months ago I had lunch with one of those Yodas–those wise, older pastors who have been in ministry so long they ooze wisdom without knowing it. This gentleman could offer commentary on nearly anything and it would be laced with something helpful. He’s been at the same congregation for more than thirty years, and in ministry for more than thirty-five years. That takes some doing. It doesn’t just happen. It takes...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 101
Nov22

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 101

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: I’ve been fathering alone for the last 2 weeks. Emily has been in Costa Rica and returns tomorrow evening. I can’t wait until she gets home. Our family, like yours I’m sure, is a unit. It isn’t as rich when any of us are gone…moms especially. What’s the best book on spiritual growth you’ve read written in the last 20 years by someone not...

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