Happy Easter!

It’s almost here — this Sunday is the Big Day! And on this Good Friday, I wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family a BIG Happy Easter! Without a doubt, this weekend has the potential to be the biggest and best Easter yet! If you have a moment, say a prayer for me and all of … Read More


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The Most Celebrated Easter Sermon by John Chrysostom

In the fourth century, early Orthodox preacher and archbishop of Constantinople John Chrysostom (349-407) gave a sermon which would go on to be one of the most celebrated Easter sermons in history.  Chrysostom’s surviving publications–600 sermons, 200 letters, and various treatises–inspired leaders in the sixth-century church to refer to Chrysostom as the “golden-mouthed preacher.” He relentlessly spoke God’s truth, proclaiming: “When … Read More


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5 Proven Ways Church Software Can Impact Your Growth, by Church Teams

A church executes its vision by developing a strategy. But, whether or not that strategy succeeds is determined by how well a church uses its software. If that’s true, and I believe it is, then how you use your church software can significantly impact how your church grows. Need proof? Consider these 5 ways church software can help your church … Read More


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The Art of Confrontation: How to Master It

Situations will arise that call for confrontation. When they do, you have to have the courage to sit down with the person or group bringing the criticism and address the situation head-on. Over the years–both at The Journey and in working with other church leaders–I have found that when the pastor goes directly to a critic to address his or … Read More


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A Good Leader is a Faithful Servant

“A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.” —Matthew 24:45–47 (NLT)


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Green’s Definition of Christianity

“Christianity is not a religion at all, but a revelation and a rescue and an ensuing relationship with God through Jesus Christ.” – Dr. Michael Green (August 20, 1930 – February 6, 2018) was widely influential as an author, evangelism scholar and defender of the Christian faith. Green’s humorous, engaging style of writing and speaking made him highly regarded in … Read More


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The Power of Story-telling: A Surprising Way to Fill Your Small Groups

The below excerpt is from my book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. This revised and expanded edition shows church leaders how to make their small groups work. We all relate to story. Shared human experience connects with us on a deep level and has the ability to spur us to action. That’s why testimonies, videos, and dramas … Read More


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When the Enemy Attacks: Six Barriers to Finishing Well

While boundaries are proactive rules you set to make sure things work well internally, hedges are protective barriers you build to keep out the onslaught of attacks that will inevitably come your way. Boundaries exist to preserve and bolster what’s within them; hedges exist to keep the bad stuff–the poison, the negativity, and the temptation–at bay. Satan has many tactics … Read More


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