Browsing articles in "Church Planting"
Apr
23
2013

Exponential 2013

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Greetings from Orlando! It’s that time of year again… Exponential is here. This year the church planting conference has sold out, meaning that there will be somewhere near 5,000 church planters hanging out at First Baptist Orlando for the week… it’s gonna be a party! If you are here, I’d love to connect, if not you can check out all the Exponential hijinks online, since they are streaming a lot of the sessions for free. Click here for […]

Dec
4
2012

Are YOU Willing to be Held Accountable?

trust

In the church world, leadership is an adventure in mutual voluntary submission. Whether we are planting a church, or leading an established church, we need to be intentional about setting up accountability structures for our teams… and ourselves. While setting up effective accountability structures is never easy, it can be especially challenging for church planters. Planters, by their very nature, are entrepreneurial and independent: two personality traits that tend to chafe at submitting to authority. Several […]

Jul
18
2012

Moses and the Labyrinth

labyrinth

While away on my recent retreat I spent some time wandering through the monastery’s labyrinth.  Now, in the past, labyrinths have always been one of those things that were amazing in concept, disappointing in reality to me… until now.  As I began the journey through the twists and turns I began having an internal conversation with myself that went something like this: This is goofy… I am walking around in a giant circle. The center […]

May
22
2012

Little Pink Houses or What Color is Your Roof?

Bermuda Waterfront

Last week Theresa and I spent a wonderful week on a boat to Bermuda and back.  We spent the week playing, laughing, and learning about the islands that make up Bermuda.  On our first day in port, we jumped into a taxi cab and asked the driver to show us around, and tell us about his home.  It was a great trip and Weldon, our driver, taught us a great deal about Bermuda, Bermudian culture, […]

May
9
2012

The Church Planting Spouse

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Two weeks ago at Exponential Paul Williams, from The Orchard Group, said something profound: “a church tends to reflect the personality of the Lead Pastor’s wife.” Think about that for a minute. Today I was sitting in the first day of Redeemer City to City’s Urban Church Planting Coach training when the importance of caring well for the church planter’s spouse came up.  As we spoke, Tami Resch briefly explained the findings of a recent study done […]

Apr
23
2012

Exponential 2012: Join Us For Dinner!

exponential 2012

This week I am in Orlando for Exponential, the largest gathering of church planters in the nation.  I make the trip down to Orlando every year because it is a great time to reconnect with friends of mine from across the country and hear how God is moving in their lives, and in the churches they are serving, all while learning from guys who are a little further down the road. In the midst of […]

Apr
12
2012

Church Planting: Don’t Go It Alone

Church Planting

This is the eighteenth (and final) installment in a series based on my adventures in planting a church.  For more information on the series, or to see what else we have walked through, check out the original post.  My hope is to use this series to develop a resource for planters as they are thinking about diving in, or need to process their current situation… this resource is incomplete without your contribution (that is a subtle […]

Apr
3
2012

Church Planting: Leadership Transition (part two)

Church Planting

This is the seventeenth installment in a series based on my adventures in planting a church.  For more information on the series, or to see what else we have walked through, check out the original post.  My hope is to use this series to develop a resource for planters as they are thinking about diving in, or need to process their current situation… this resource is incomplete without your contribution (that is a subtle way of […]

Mar
30
2012

Finance Fridays: The Church Plant’s Back Office

Paperwork Help

Today I am excited to introduce Josh Henry, managing partner of The Church Business Guys.  Josh and his team have a whole suite of services aimed at making the lives of  pastors easier.  I asked Josh to talk a little bit about a church plant’s back office, and some of the things that a church planter needs to think about from a business perspective when getting their church started. Welcome to the world of church […]

Mar
29
2012

Church Planting: Leadership Transition

Church Planting

This is the sixteenth installment in a series based on my adventures in planting a church.  For more information on the series, or to see what else we have walked through, check out the original post.  My hope is to use this series to develop a resource for planters as they are thinking about diving in, or need to process their current situation… this resource is incomplete without your contribution (that is a subtle way of […]

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