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…

Three Misunderstandings about the Church that Muddle the Mission

Growing up, I was at church almost every time the doors were open: Sunday morning, most Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and special events. Unless I was sick, my parents rarely let me miss church. For the most part, I actually wanted to be at church every time I was there. But, there were some Sundays…

Pastor, Develop a Fresh Missions Vision for the Year

This post originally ran at IMB.org on January 10, 2018. You can find the original post here. The beginning of a new year is an important time on the church calendar. If your church is like mine, as the years pass, well-meaning initiatives turn into traditions. Before you know it, you’ve spread yourself too thin.…

On Birthing Sacred Cows: The Difference Between the Mission and the Means

"Mission True organizations distinguish between guarding the mission and guarding the means" (Mission Drift, p72). That is a quote from a profoundly helpful work called Mission Drift, written by Peter Greer and Christ Horst. The book is designed to help organizations (churches and otherwise) think through the inevitable pressures that draw them off of their…