God in Our Midst

God in Our Midst

There is a pervasive consumerism in the church today.


99 Essential Doctrines Christians Should Know

99 Essential Doctrines Christians Should Know

Christianity wouldn't have its framework without these essential doctrines.


Inspiration of Scripture

Most Christians realize the inspiration of God’s word is an essential doctrine. J. Gresham Machen, pastor, professor and author of “Christianity and Liberalism,” expressed scripture as

Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry

Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry

Facts are our friends, and so are stats.


Those of you who know me know my tentative relationship with all things sports. But, with our move to Wheaton I wanted to approach our new home missionally, so, I took in a Chicago Cubs game.

It isn’t that I know nothing of sports; I just haven’t kept up much. Going to the see the Cubs play, I’m learning the players, balls, strikes, touchdowns, and the like.

Don’t Be the Bottleneck

Don’t Be the Bottleneck

Effective lead pastors must learn how to lead larger.


I love helping churches uncover growth opportunities! And oftentimes, while leading churches through this strategic process, I uncover something else. A bottleneck! The dictionary defines a bottleneck as a point of congestion or blockage. As the lead pastor, you must continually develop as a leader or you risk becoming the bottleneck for your church’s growth.

Saturday is for Seminars—Church Planting Leaders and The Defenders Apologetics Conference in Chicago

Saturday is for Seminars—Church Planting Leaders and The Defenders Apologetics Conference in Chicago

CPLF and the Defenders Conference


The next couple of weeks are a crazy couple of weeks in our family.

We’ve sold our Nashville house and move next week. Then, the week after, we unpack.

And, then, after that… back at it for a couple of conferences!

Here’s a couple where I’d value your prayers.

20 Truths from The Church as Movement by JR Woodward and Dan White, Jr.

20 Truths from The Church as Movement by JR Woodward and Dan White, Jr.


1. God made us as relational beings, and he brings understanding through interaction and reflection. (16)

2. The Church as Industrial Complex is a resource-driven form of church that has a gravitational pull that unintentionally turns spirituality into a product, church growth into a race, leadership into a business and attendees into consumers. (25)

3. All church planting movements start with life in God. (27)

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 5

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 5

Can a church building be culturally engaged?


Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016

Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016

Distractions, Work, a Diverse America, Church signs, and more!


Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?Karen Swallow Prior

Paul’s admonition to press toward the mark comes to mind in these days.

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

Here are seven "Third Places" churches have built in and for their communities.


It has been noted that third places serve as postmodern wells churches create to cross paths with the community.

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

Third Places are the new multi-purpose building.


At one point in the church growth era, there was a trend in constructing multipurpose buildings. For the most part these could be used for a variety of purposes—an auditorium, gymnasium, or fellowship hall.

Later, the space was used in attempts to reach the community during the week. While this is still common, another building project is growing in popularity—the “third place.”

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