Those Who Start with You Seldom Finish with You

I had a dream of having friends I started the church with go the distance with me serving as ministry partners for forty years and then riding together off into the sunset much like Billy Graham has done with Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea. It didn’t happen. Here’s what I know: Those who start…

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Character, Then Competence

The apostle Paul challenged Timothy, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Notice the order of the language. Paul did not say, “Entrust to able men who will one day be faithful.” He did not encourage…

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. . Led to Plant. What Do I Do Now?

About once a week…or sometimes more frequently…I get an email or Tweet from someone who says they feel led to plant a church. They almost always have the same question. What do I do now? What’s my first step? After answering dozens of times, I decided to put my thoughts in a post. Step one:…

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Unshakable Conviction About Growth

“The speed of the leader determines the pace of the pack.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson If you’re not growing as a leader, the church will overtake you and start leading you rather than you leading the church. You have to do everything you can to stay ahead and continue to grow. Develop an unshakable conviction about…

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