One of my best friends, Karl Teichert, is a missionary with OC International in South Africa. Karl and Jenny were part of the team that helped start Lake Hills Church in Castaic nearly 20 years ago.

A “no” uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a “yes” merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.

Here is a simple explanation of the word missional

I love assessing church planters. I believe that it is a vitally important step in the design phase of starting a new church. Without assessing a potential church planter, it is difficult to predict if he will be effective in planting a new church.

I love coaching leaders. I had a great coaching appointment this morning with a church planter who actually took action steps since our last appointment. That was extremely satisfying.

At a recent meeting with pastors in Fort Collins, Colorado, I had the opportunity to lead a conversation that focused on living missionally. One of the pastors, Ben Yarbro, made this insightful statement:

Running alone is good! Running with others is better!

Starting churches is more effective with a team of committed Christians who together experience community, embrace the cross and engage the culture with the gospel.

In my studies at BGU, I met Jim Henderson in one of my classes. He has written an interesting book called Jim and Casper Go To Church. He is particularly interested in helping Christian to take ordinary attempts to reach “lost people.”