Leadership 101 (practical ways to lead)

Changing the Score Card

2017-03-28T05:46:55+00:00 By |Church Plant 101, Leadership 101|

God continues to bring a phrase to mind through different men, books, and blogs: "Change the score card".  As a church planter, the idea of a score card is something a pastor never admits he is always thinking about.  Though no one is really keeping score, pastors can't help but feel as if there is.  Most days, we feel like we are either winning or losing the "numbers" game. They say numbers are important, but I wonder if we say that to make ourselves feel better.  In truth, numbers don't tell us everything, but they tell us something.  And that something is often the one thing that has become too important to us.  Pastors know this and, for the most part, they try and fight this.  As much as pastors try to ignore numbers, or pretend like they don't really matter, they can't resist the Post Easter blogs and Facebook posts about [...]

Wanted: “Older” Men to Help Us

2017-03-28T05:51:20+00:00 By |Leadership 101, Re:Sermon|

The current display of men's brokenness on the internet is grievous for many reasons.  For better or worse, everyone has a story, or an opinion, and a Facebook account to share it on.  There is no absence of voices or words.  Among all of the stories, confessions, and calls for repentance, there is one thing missing.   Almost completely unnoticed is the  absence of godly older men who lead like godly older men should. But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness... Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Titus (2.1-8) It [...]

Mega-Pastors and Professional Wrestlers

2017-03-28T05:52:13+00:00 By |Church Plant 101, Leadership 101, Note to Pastors|

In recent weeks, the evangelical cyber-world has been full of news about two pastors for all of the wrong reasons.   Like two passive-aggressive juveniles who can't seem to play nice on the playground, these men have managed to "fight" one another without ever meeting face to face.   Most of the interactions have been communicated indirectly through a blog, a sermon, or any number of twitter posts.   Both men are smart.  Both men are strong leaders.  Both men lead big churches.  Both men have influential ministries.  Both men have large groups of loyal followers.   Their statements are always influential and their decisions are never accidental.   Their most recent conflict began with a open-handed cyber-slap to the face and ended with what can only be described as an invitation to a theological thunder dome cage-match. As I have watched all of this unfold, I was reminded how [...]

On Church Planting #3: A Snapshot of a process (Acts 2)

2017-03-28T05:55:24+00:00 By |Church Plant 101, Leadership 101|

The second chapter provides us a snapshot for the entire book of Acts. The chapter gives us a glimpse into how God, by His Spirit, builds His Church through gospel truth, gospel community, and gospel living (our core values).    Before we can identify any pattern of sorts, it is important that we understand the form and function of the particular Scripture that we are reading.  Specifically, we must understand the genre of the literature, its intended audience, and its historical purpose.  Paul says that ALL Scripture is breathed out by God, ALL Scripture is useful, and that ALL Scripture is designed to build our faith (2Timothy 3.16; Romans 15.4).  But ALL Scripture doesn't do this at the same time in the same way. While all Scripture plays a part in the larger story of the Bible, we need to understand how each book of the bible, or letter, or song, is [...]

Nine BOLD things I learned from the Acts 29 Retreat 2012

2017-03-28T06:13:46+00:00 By |Church Plant 101, Leadership 101, Note to Pastors|

Each year, the lead pastors, of the Acts 29 Network, gather together for a time of rest and reflection.  This year, we gathered in Newport, CA.  With all the new leadership changes in Acts 29, this year's retreat served as an important time of realignment.  My hope is that that, over the next year, Acts 29 will become more faithful and more certain of what it is, and what it is not.  I don't say that like a high school kid who complains their school "spirit" sucks as they fail to recognize, they are the school. I say that knowing that I am Acts 29. So hope for more, without my own commitment to participate (or get out of the way), is both foolish and dishonest. So, below is a list of several different things that moved me over this past week.  They are personal very personal to me, though they [...]