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Reading List: Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code

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For the last twenty years, church leaders have been fed a steady diet of vision. We’ve been told that vision is the key to leading a successful church. Without vision the people perish, they say. If something isn’t working right it comes back to an issue of vision. And so, church leaders go out and dream up grand visions and unleash them within the church… and nothing happens. Don’t get me wrong, vision is incredibly important […]


Ministry Toolbox: Journaling, with Adam Feldman

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Adam Feldman is a friend of mine from my Baltimore days. Adam planted Metanoia Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, and has been doing incredible work there through the years, intentionally focusing on creating disciples who make disciples. This week Adam released a great new book, Journaling: Catalyzing Spiritual Growth Through Reflection. While the book is designed to be a quick read, it is a deep read that sets up readers to really lean into the […]


Peter Greer & The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good


Be warned: this might hurt a little. Peter Greer is the President and CEO of Hope International, a Christ centered microfinance organization, and the author of The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. After serving around the world, doing incredible things for the Kingdom, Peter started to notice that his motivation was changing. Slightly, ever so slightly, Peter was becoming more excited about things like publicity and his own kingdom, rather than pursuing the Kingdom. This is the […]


Conversations: Rick McKinley

This Beautiful Mess

Let’s get something straight right from the start: this post might give the impression that I have a man crush on Rick McKinley. I do. Now that we have dealt with the obvious, let’s talk a little bit about the conversation that Todd and I recently had with Rick. Twelve years ago, Rick McKinley and a small group of people set out to plant a church in one of the most unchurched cities in America: Portland, […]


Make Your Church Magnetic


Over the last few months it seems as though I have had more conversations about creating an environment that welcomes the spiritually unresolved than anything else. Between you and me, I love helping churches think through how to create a more welcoming culture. This is why I am so excited about today’s Ministry Briefing Conversation. I don’t know of a church on the face of the planet that doesn’t want to be a place where the […]


Five Books for Church Leaders


Yesterday I took part in an interview where I was asked about five books that I would recommend to church leaders. I have read a bunch of great books over the last couple of years, which made it tough to narrow it down… but I would love to hear your thoughts on my list (and yes, they are affiliate links, help a brother out?): Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne. This book was a great reminder that […]


Leadership Reading List: All is Grace

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Last night I finished Brennan Manning’s All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir. The book is the story of Manning’s life, written from his home in New Jersey as he heads into the last stages of his life. I accidentally read this book… my initial plan was to read Manning’s The Furious Longing of God but as he kept referring to parts of his life story, I couldn’t help but track down this book and dive into […]


Just Released: Ministry Briefing… The Book!

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In January, my friend Todd Rhoades and I launched a project known as Ministry Briefing. Over the last few years Todd and I have noticed an increase in the amount of noise that ministry leaders are faced with on a daily basis. Whether it comes from social media, the radio, television, books, or the newspaper (do they still have them?), we are inundated with information everywhere we turn. When we first started kicking around the […]


A Lesson from Unbroken: Lifesaving Kindness


Earlier this week I finished reading Unbroken, from Laura Hillenbrand. The book tells the fascinating story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic distance runner and World War Two Prisoner of War in the pacific theater, who went on to learn about grace, forgiveness, and the new life that only comes from Christ. The book is not what you would consider to be a “Christian Biography”, but rather comes off as a biography of someone who […]


Reading List: The President’s Club

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I originally picked up The Presidents Club as a fun read for our recent vacation. While I expected to find leadership applications for the church world, I wasn’t expecting to find quite so many similarities between being President of the United States, and the pastor of a local church. The book tells the stories of the relationships between former presidents, and how sitting presidents have leveraged them. What I didn’t think about heading into the book, though […]