A Picture of “Healthy” Discipleship

Fruitful Disciple

I discipled my daughter this morning. Not about Jesus; about oranges. In our household these days, we are trying to eat a little healthier. …
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Can Battling Cancer Help You Plant a Church?

Exponential Conference

God has certainly used a battle with cancer to help Ryan and Jessica Woods to understand how God can use them to lead a Grassroots …
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12 Lessons Learned in 12 years (pt 2)…

Lessons Learned

If you haven't already, read part one first. 7. Change the way people think about church: In the first year of our church, we made a …
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Why Church Planting?


Obviously, I’m passionate about church planting. On the blog of the Acts 29 Network is a great article that echoes my heart about the …
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My Church Model Is Better Yours

Church Model

“The Mega Church is the best!” “No! The House/Organic Church is the best!” “No way, bro! The Hipster Church is the best!” “The …
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How to Spend an Hour in Prayer


I know an hour seems like a long time to pray. There are many patterns you could use to format your extended prayer time but here’s away to …
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5 Ways To Maximize Your Day Off


This post assumes you are generally taking one full day off-ministry for every six days on-ministry. If you do not have this rhythm built-in …
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6 Biblical Ways to Handle Disunity


There’s an unseen factor in Saddleback Church’s growth that most people overlook – church unity. God blesses a unified church. Many churches …
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12 Lessons Learned In 12 Years in Church Planting (Part 1)

Lessons Learned

Twelve years ago this week, we launched weekly worship services at Mountain Lake Church. Wow. What a ride! God has used me despite my …
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Scoreboard 101: 3 Kinds of Results in Church Leadership


Instead of counting Christians, we need to weigh them. – Dallas Willard Clear vision requires clarity about the results you are after. …
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