Audio: Don’t Believe the Rumors

Don't Believe the Rumors

Pastor, you will always have critics, and you will always have fans. At the end of the day, you need to have the guts to believe neither, but rather to allow your affirmation to flow only from the truth God has declared about you in His Word.

Get Personal to Preach More Powerfully

Brandon Cox and Danny Kirk

When I was in Bible college, I was taught the same basic sermon preparation methods that thousands of other preachers have learned. It’s a linear outline that usually begins with a major proposition, continues with several major points, each supported with explanatory illustrations and then a conclusion that summarizes the truths presented. There’s nothing wrong […]

The Pastor as a Motivator

What Is Next?

Pastor, no one on the planet bears more responsibility for motivating a group of people than you. W. A. Criswell, one of my own preaching heroes, defined preaching as “seeking to move a man’s will God-ward.” He went on to define teaching as “instructing that man in the will and ways of the Lord.” I […]

ReWritten: Exchanging Your Story for God’s Story


A year and a half ago, I met Bruce and Heather Moore. I had somehow caught wind of their story and was so inspired that we invited them out to California to attend Saddleback’s leadership conference. Bruce had served on staff at two different suburban megachurches, but God had called he and Heather into a […]

Metrics: Balancing Stats and Stories


Church metrics. That’s not a very pretty phrase. In fact, for many, it seems cold. If church becomes a numbers game, then people become “just a number,” and when people are just a number, we’ve failed to emulate the ministry of Jesus. But if we fail to count anybody, we allow people to slip through […]

Shawn Lovejoy on The Measure of Our Success

The Measure of Our Success

We recently caught up with Shawn Lovejoy between breakouts at Exponential. His new book, The Measure of Our Success, was debuted during the conference and we see it as one of the most important reads for Pastors in recent times. Shawn candidly and transparently shares from his own mistakes and issues a challenge to Pastors […]

Planter Profile: Joshua Meyer

Joshua Meyer and Family

Joshua Meyer is currently planting Cause Church in Clinton, Iowa and they are launching this week, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. How did God call you to plant Cause Church? About three years ago I was standing at my sink washing dishes and I heard in my mind: “You are done”. I called my wife, […]

Why Your Church Is In Jeopardy

Thin Ice

Grace Hills Church is eleven Sundays old, officially, and about eight months old, unofficially. And we’re in trouble. If we don’t do something, all of our effort will be in vain and all hope of planting the kind of church Jesus had in mind will be lost. No, we’re not out of money. God has […]

Planter Profile: Todd Cox and Darren Lemons

The Refuge

Todd and Darren Lemons are currently planting The Refuge in Terrell, Texas and are planning on an official launch date of January 6, 2013. Tell us about your calling to church planting. Todd – I was part of a plant in 1996 in Savannah, GA and from there called to the ministry. Ever since then, […]

14 Great Books on the Subject of Prayer

Handle with Prayer

I’m wrapping up a message series on the subject of prayer this Sunday, and I’ve grown in my personal prayer walk as a result of preaching it. I’ve learned from some great sources and wanted to pass along a list of my favorites… Handle with Prayer: Unwrap the Source of God’s Strength for Living by […]

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