About Shawn Lovejoy

Shawn is the founding and Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church, Co-Founder of churchplanters.com and author of shawnlovejoy.com. In the last 10 years Shawn has led his church to go multi-site, plant churches, and into some of the most challenging places in the world.Churchplanters.com has become one of the most influential church planting ministries in the world, and he gives Jesus all the credit. Shawn loves his wife, his kids, the church, pastors, and Playstation. In that order.

How to Protect a God-given Vision



Yesterday in our Pastor’s Virtual Coaching Network, we talked about the importance of protecting the vision in our churches. Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. In other words, where there is a lack of vision, there is less focus and more […]

The Biggest Mistake Most Pastors Make


Velocity 2013

So pastors aren’t perfect, it seems. We do make mistakes. Lots of them, actually. So what could possibly be ranked as the #1 mistake Pastors make? Through churchplanters.com, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with thousands of pastors around our nation and  world, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the most common mistake pastors […]

The Value of a Sabbatical



My family and I have been away on a Ministry Sabbatical. Why did we need a Sabbatical? The word Sabbath, of course, means rest. That’s what we needed this month. I actually do believe that Senior Pastors need MORE of it, because of the tireless schedules and demands on us. Every year, as soon as […]

God to Supply His Vision for Your Congregation


Look again vision sight

Vision is indeed powerful. However, for those of us who are Christ followers, we don’t believe in vision as much as we do “revelation”. The vision we have for our lives, comes from God! We don’t make up the vision for our life. We get it from Him! It’s a revelation from Him! Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) […]

Three Things Communicated by Vision


Look again vision sight

Leadership and vision go hand in hand. Therefore, leadership must begin with a clear vision: whether it be for our personal life, our family, our church, or organization.  If people around us don’t know where we’re going and where we’re trying to take them, they will have a hard time making the journey. A clear vision communicates […]

Church Busy-ness



Churches are busy—and proud of it, aren’t we? We love to boast about all we’re doing: whether it be on the Web, in worship guides, or even billboards. We’re often proud of “all we offer” to our community. One church I know of has boasted “over 152 ministries for you and your family.” Most of us don’t go […]

What Are You Boasting About?



This is what the LORD says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love […]

The Danger of Drivenness


The Measure of Our Success

Ambitious. Self-starter. Entrepreneurial. Strong work ethic. Discontent with the status quo. Big vision. Change agent. Strong leader and communicator. Get-things-done type of person. Driven. All of these describe me. For years I have held these traits up as a badge of honor. The church has so much work to do. Our mission is monumental, and […]

My Prayer for Every Pastor



I am writing a lot these days. I am speaking a lot these days. A TON is going on at our church these days. Therefore, I am cranking out a ton of content. In every document, on every page, and with every keystroke,  however, I have to remind myself of one thing. I should’t be […]

“Getting Ready to Go to Church…”



“How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:1–2 NIV) “Getting ready to go to church.” What emotions does that phrase evoke in your family? In your heart? Your mind? The psalmist […]

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