How To Handle Criticism

Last month, we kicked off our fall semester of small groups. One of our small group leaders wanted to do a book study using the book I wrote, “Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify [...]


The Stick For Three Challenge

Do you want a first time guests to come back? It’s safe to assume we all do. If you want a first time guests to come back, you cannot assume they automatically know they should. At the church I [...]


A Major Sign Guests Won’t Return To Your Church

What is the number one reason people come back to a church after the first visit? The answer may surprise you. First, a quick story to set up this post. A few years ago, a friend of mine was [...]


My small church is loved more than your BIG church.

If you are a pastor of a church with less than 400 people then you have an advantage over every mega-church. You may not have ever thought about it, but you do. Here is the advantage, people love [...]


How To Make Your Dream Church A Reality – Part 2

The dream you have for your church will not determine your success. Your team will. One of the biggest mistakes I made in ministry was placing willing people in the wrong seats on the bus. [...]


How To Make Your Dream Church A Reality – Part 1

Does the church you dream about match the church you attend? I recently turned 40 years old. I started the church I am pastoring at the age of 33. At 33 I had a specific vision for what I wanted [...]


How a Poor Guest Experience Can Affect Your Ministry

“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” (NIV). In a small town in Georgia, there was a fresh-faced pastor who was excited [...]


87% Of What You Learn In Seminary You Never Use…Now What?

According to a recent stat 87% of what you learn in seminary, you will never use. Um…that’s baffling. I personally loved seminary. It taught me a lot about God and theology. Practically speaking [...]


2019 Preaching Calendar

One of the most difficult thing about writing a sermon is coming up with the series idea. Most pastors write the sermon from week to week so there is a little time for extra creativity. It can [...]


The First Step To Breaking The 200 Barrier

The average church in America has less than 100 people. According to some research half of all churches in America have 74 people or less. There is nothing wrong with pastoring a small church. [...]