My friends Hugh Halter and Matt Smay have a new book entitled

It’s been a privilege for me to work with Pastor Walter Herrera, who started six churches in Argentina (five of them in the province of Buenos Aires and one in La Rioja)

The fact is, everyone experiences discomfort when someone outside our circle of friends tries to influence us about personal, significant matters. We all naturally gravitate toward people we already know and trust. Friends listen to friends. They confide in friends. They let friends influence them.

One of the most powerful tools in leading someone to Christ is your own story of how by God’s grace you came to personally know Jesus. Paul shared his story when he appeared before King Agrippa. Read Acts 26:1-29, then answer the following questions:

Asking questions is a great way to redirect conversations toward spiritual things. Asking questions can directly introduce God, Jesus, faith or the gospel into your conversation. Instead of waiting for opportunities, by asking an appropriate question, you creates them.

Every person has a story – a unique story of their life history, including their spiritual journey. To understand their journey, you need to know where they have been, where they are and where they are going.

This week I listened to a Catalyst Podcast (8/29/07) that included an interview with Francis Chan. Francis is pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California.

Coaching is incredibly powerful! Imagine how you would be impacted by someone who listened to you, helped you to listen to God, and then asked good questions which enabled you to focus on doing what God wanted you to do.

Dr. Charles Ridley, an occupational psychologist, upon interviewing 100 church planters, determined that thirteen key qualities were needed for an individual to be an effective church planter.

So you want to plant a church…now what? What questions are you asking?