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How you handle offense has the potential to make you or break you as a leader.  You will offend. The only question is: who will you offend?  And you will be offended. The only question is: how will you respond to offense? As God expands your sphere of influence you’ll offend more and more people. It’s inevitable. But there is a right way to handle […]

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I’ve spent my adult life making disciples and multiplying churches. That has often been a lonely road to walk. For years the general attitude in churches was that we could win our culture to Christ by building bigger churches and filling more seats. I’ve even lost a few friends by holding out for multiplication over […]

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Learning to not only delegate work but influence is one of the most inspiring tasks of a church planter and good leader. After having poured my life into two couples and a fairly young man who is the worship leader, I realized in one of our leaders meetings that the group has grown to its […]

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Green Card – permission and blessing for an immigrant to go to work. Our friends Rex and Sally tell us, “We loved America from our first moment in the country, but we didn’t feel at home early on. Mainly it was because we couldn’t go to work. We didn’t feel we fit because we weren’t […]

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I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Japan, Nepal, Myanmar, and China. The purpose of the trips is always the same—to talk about making disciples and rapidly multiplying churches. Often, there is little need for actual teaching as the people I’m privileged to address are already doing masterful work. In many of these places they […]

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Our churches are great at counting butts! We love to see the graph rise and attendance going up. There’s nothing wrong with counting attendance (Or Butts in the seats), however, we need to make sure we count the other butts that really matter too – Those that represent real life change and Kingdom movement and […]

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For years I’ve had to take a deep breath whenever anyone asked me what I did for a living.  I knew that as soon as I’d say anything about helping to see new churches started, I’d receive a patronizing and dismissive smile– and I’d be relegated to some dustbin of irrelevance.  It took me a […]

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What does it take to be an effective church planter? Dr. Charles Ridley conducted a study of church planters in the United States and Canada. Based on his research and subsequent field testing, he developed a list of thirteen characteristics that define effective church planters. For over a decade, these characteristics have been used to […]

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