Your Church’s Vision is a Shot in the Dark if You Don’t Understand Three Things

"Church planter, you need a vision in order to successfully start your church." "Pastor, if you want your church to be healthy again, your church needs a fresh vision." You've heard those words. I've said those words. For the most part, they're true, but let's get one thing out in the open: your church's vision…

The Church that Ought to Be vs. The Church that Is

A recent discussion in one of my seminars reminded me of a very important distinction. There is a difference between the the church that ought to be and the one that is. No human institution is quite like the church. While there are all kinds of clubs, societies, groups, agencies, and even families to which…

How Do You Measure Discipleship?

"We're not about making decisions, we're about making disciples!" It is a common refrain in church services nowadays. And that is the right attitude. After all, making disciples includes "teaching them all I have commanded." We should be concerned about raising up people in Christ, about maturing Christians who are themselves disciples. But here is…

Four Factors for Leadership Development in Local Churches

Leaders are like vegetables, the homegrown variety are almost always better. That may sound simplistic, and in a lot of ways it probably is. But this is a point where the Bible is clear. A large part of the church's mission in fulfilling the Great Commission is raising up leaders in ministry and mission. The…