Who Invented Social Media? God Did.

Creation of Adam

God invented social media. I know that might sound like a crazy claim, but I have a biblical basis for believing this. So I’m primarily speaking to those who believe with me that God is the creator presented to us in the biblical book of Genesis. Social media seems like a new term. Many people […]


7 Signs of a Healthy Small Group

Healthy Small Group

I’m sold on small groups. There are very few ways to create an atmosphere conducive to building strong relationships than studying the Bible in the living room of a friend. I also agree with Rick Howerton about the need to consider a more organic pathway to healthy groups. I was recently in a conversation with […]


Two False Assumptions to Leave Behind When You Preach

Public Preaching

I realize that we pastors are going way beyond motivational speaking in our sermons. We are sharing the gospel and leading people to the cross. But we are still speakers and communicators nonetheless, and our effectiveness and influence depend on our understanding something about the nature of speaking. Seth Godin, a marketing guru with much […]


How to Bring Joy to Your City

The City of Vancouver

I love that part of the story of the early church in which God allows persecution to scatter the Christians from Jerusalem like ants. The Bible says that everywhere they went, they preached the gospel (see Acts chapter 8). Phillip, in particular, headed to a city in Samaria and became the earliest cross-cultural missionary. When he […]


Video: Watch and Discuss – How Is Serving Others a Win For Everyone?

Football

Don’t read what I’ve written until you watch this video… Once you dry your eyes, think about some of the huge implications of this story for people who serve in Christian ministry, personally or vocationally. Lots of teams win games (50% actually) but THIS kind of win gets celebrated virally. Sometimes the role of the […]


Creating Excellence In Ministry on a Small Budget

Budget Motel

When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn’t have the quarter of a million dollars that some plants in America start out with. We had way less than that in fact, so we had to figure out how to hack some things together, and I’m convinced it’s made us stronger. We learned to do the […]


The Power of Preaching a Limitless Life

Labels Cross

Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. Some of those labels were given to us by other people and others, we’ve applied to ourselves. But none of those […]


How to Use Social Media In a New Church Plant

Wires

There is a formula for launching a church in America. Collect lots of money. Spend lots of money getting the word out. Turn the big crowd of strangers into a church. It’s easy… if you have lots of money. But c’mon, church planters are hackers by nature right? It’s possible to get the word out […]


10 Values to Communicate For a Stronger Church Staff

Foundations

At Grace Hills, one of the most important things we ever talk about is our Code – our Core Values. We talk about these values in every membership class and in most staff meetings. They’ve done more to guide our growth than anything else we’ve written down. Recently I began reflecting on where our church’s staff […]


One More Way to Outline a Sermon

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Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases: Hey You! (Get the audience’s attention) Look! (Examine the Scriptures) See! (Explain the passage) Do! (Make application) Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five movements: Me (How do I struggle with this?) We (How do we all struggle with this?) God […]


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