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Category: Church

Healthy Churches are Missional Churches

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV) Exiting the highway, we pulled up to…

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5 Benefits of Pastoring a Rural Church

I had the privilege of being a rural churches for most of my ministry and learned many valuable lessons along the way.  I am thankful that God allowed us the opportunity to serve these churches and believe that there is incredible potential to what…

Journey Together as a Church

Walking the District grounds one cool December morning, I was joined by 3 groups of geese. All total there were nearly 50 who were wandering along with me. Of course, they were not all that happy that I had joined them and told me…

Quote of the Day 12.13.17

“In small towns, it is imperative that we do not import an unadjusted ministry methodology from an urban context into a small town context.  I call this failure to contextualize “copy + paste.” It is a seductive trap that too many church planters and…

The Church of Purpose

When I began pastoring my first church, I remember visiting with people around town, inquiring about the church that they were a part of.  While there were many who gave various responses to my questions….

Send me!!

Isaiah 6:8 (ESV) — 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” I have often contemplated what Isaiah must have experienced and felt as…