I was coaching a church planter recently who asked this question:

I spent some time reflecting recently on my need to cultivate better habits in my life. Not the kind of habits that have to do with exercise and eating – I’m working on those, too.

Every time I teach or train on Missional Living or Church Planting, I draw three circles on a large poster paper. This is the simplest way for me to explain what aligning with the mission of Jesus looks like.

The place or building where your church meets is a great tool for accomplishing your mission, but the building itself is not the church. What happens when you meet there is also very critical to accomplishing the mission, but that’s not church either.

From April 1993 to April 1996, growth among house churches [in one part of China] increased from three churches with less than 100 members to over one hundred churches with over 16,000 members (by the end of 1998 they had grown to over 55,000)

Don’t start churches to make disciples.

S.O.A.P. Journaling |

How do you feed your soul? How will you become spiritually strong?

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It’s also a useful tool to reflect on and review some of the ‘learnings’ that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons!

Attractionalism is the belief that creating an appealing church service and programs will attract unbelievers to come to church.

Make cookies or other baked goods with a caring note for a neighbor.

Many people ask me that question and I always have given them directions or described how our church is beautifully located overlooking Castaic Lake.