NURSERY vs. ORCHARD

Growing up, my family used to go to an apple orchard each year where we would hand pick apples my mom would eventually turn into all things apple dessert: cobblers, crisps, pies, and struedles (excuse me, I just drooled on my keyboard). We would walk down dozens of...

HOW TO HIRE

We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing when to hire and who to hire. Today we tackle the process. Here are a couple quick thoughts on how to hire… Watch for a servant’s heart and avoid spotlight hunger. This could also fall under the “who to hire” category, but it...

Destination: Shipwreck

I’ve never been in a shipwreck, but I have been thrown out of a raft. The results and level of danger are very different, but they both involve being suddenly catapulted into tumultuous, freezing water, neither of which are fun. The Bible mentions a few shipwrecks,...

HIRING: WHO YOU HIRE MATTERS!

Church planters are builders. Everywhere we turn we are looking for people to build up and people to help us build. It’s in our DNA. One of my favorite things about what I do is who I do it with. I get to work with some of my best friends. Some of them were friends...

All Ages

Most people are scared to read the book of Job because they think God will force them to live it out. Or if they do start reading it, any little challenge they face in life, they like to blame on their reading of Job. “Well, I did just start reading Job, so no wonder...

WHEN TO HIRE

Church planters are team builders. It’s what we do. Whether you are building a core team, launch team, a team of volunteers, a team of pastors, or a staff, you’re constantly building. One of my favorite parts of leading is the people I get to lead with. But hiring can...

Prayer Pointers

Throughout the New Testament, it’s clear that prayer is not just meant to be a Sunday thing or even just before meals, tests, and bedtime. It’s meant to be an all-the-time thing. “pray without ceasing,” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17(ESV) “…be constant in prayer.”...

WALKING THE LINE BETWEEN FAITH AND STUPID

Sometimes I have a hard time trying to figure out if I’m being faithful or stupid. The struggle is real. Maybe you can relate. For instance, at the beginning of 2018, our church began praying about a vacant 90,000 square foot former Kmart building. It seemed crazy....

A.L.A.T. Prayers

Overnight shipping. Instant downloads. Line-hopper passes. Our instant gratification culture is killing our patience. Everywhere you turn, we are figuring out faster ways to get the things we want. I’m not complaining about that, in fact, I’m all for it. However,...

WHAT TO DO ABOUT LONELY LEADERSHIP

If you’re familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, it may be interesting for you to know I am an INTJ. If you’re not familiar with Myers-Briggs, you may think that stands for International Ninja and Tall Janitor. You would be wrong. Without going into an...