What’s the Habitat?
Mar04

What’s the Habitat?

Our churches are habitats. By this, I mean we create a particular environment in which certain kinds of people can thrive. Others can survive in it. Others can’t at all. The desert is great for scorpions and snakes. It’s bad for polar bears. You’ve created a habitat through your vision, mission, systems and “vibe” you put out as a church. The way of life at your church is a habitat in which certain kinds...

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10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church – Pt. 2
Feb12

10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church – Pt. 2

Here are five more things I’ve learned starting a new church: 6. Who is fighting with you is more important than who is fighting against you. There will spiritual opposition to any new church. Nearby churches will be suspicious. Dying churches will be afraid and, like Saul seeking David’s death, try to do you harm. If your church breaks denominational norms, expect bullets from that direction as well. However, if God is for you, who...

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It All Matters
Sep16

It All Matters

It all matters. It may not all matter the same, but it all matters. Facilities, staff, preaching, worship, greeting, women’s ministry, children’s ministry, prayer, small groups, announcements, song selection, finance, leadership development, men’s ministry, communion serving, evangelism, service, missions, counseling, guest relations, and stewardship. It all matters. Some churches believe so much in certain things they believe quite...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 92
Sep06

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 92

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: This Sunday will be the grand reopening of New Vintage Church. By “reopening” I don’t mean we were ever shut down. I mean “reopening” to full capacity based on our worship center being under remodel through the summer. The entire thing (a capital campaign and remodel) brought with it some risk for our young church, which is still only two years and four months old since our launch....

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Why is it Broken?
Sep03

Why is it Broken?

“If you don’t know why what is working works, you won’t know how to fix it when it breaks.” I’ve been stewing on this since Andy Stanley said this at the Catalyst conference this year—and set about learning why the things that work in my life and ministry work. Though Andy didn’t mention the reciprocal, I’ve observed it to be true: If we don’t know why what is broken is broken, we won’t know how to fix it—or keep it from breaking...

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