• Reaching New People

    Reaching New People

    About 20% of churches in the USA are growing and thriving. I’m so delighted to be a part of this initiative to help more churches move into that 20%. Jim Griffith and Paul Nickerson developed the Reaching New People process to help existing churches practice what new churches do. I’ve journeyed now with dozens of […]Read More »
  • Build a Culture of Welcome

    Build a Culture of Welcome

    In 2015 when a new guest shows up at your church unannounced, you have experienced a miracle.Very few people are out there church shopping these days. Fruitful churches keep the miracle alive by creating a culture of hospitality. As one element of that culture, they use something like the Five-Ten-Link process. Here is my colleague Jim Ozier […]Read More »
  • 5 Lessons To Learn from Millennials

    5 Lessons To Learn from Millennials

    Denise Broady shares Five Lessons from Millennials on Linked in. It is well worth a read. Here is number five: Stay True to Your Passion What I see most in this generation is their ability to love what they do. They always manage to integrate their passion into their everyday life. I love talking to […]Read More »
  • Seven Minutes away from Success

    Seven Minutes away from Success

    The last several weeks I’ve been a church visitor. Vivian and I moved to a new town 90 minutes away. This is the first time in 30 years of marriage that we’ve moved without a church waiting to receive us as a pastor’s family. We’ve been to six churches so far. The churches know we […]Read More »
  • Are You Offering Opportunities or Invitation?

    Are You Offering Opportunities or Invitation?

    We swim in a sea of opportunity today. Our cell phone has access to 1,800 new hours of video on YouTube every breath we take. Our social media feeds have sophisticated algorithms to limit the flood of meal pics and selfies that our thousands of “friends” post every second. Corporations and non-profits have content push […]Read More »
  • Two Ways to Crowd-Source Your Mission

    Two Ways to Crowd-Source Your Mission

    One of my colleagues asked me about crowd-sourcing ministry needs through a Kickstarter type of web site. I agreed to look into it and publish the results. I only found two platforms that seem to have good track records for churches and ministry needs. There are quite a few other sites out there, but they have […]Read More »
  • Seven Things Wesley Expected Every Preacher to Do with Children

    Seven Things Wesley Expected Every Preacher to Do with Children

    Thanks to Chris Ritter for reminding us of these instructions from John Wesley and for translating them for the present day. *WHERE there are ten children in a Society, we must meet them at least an hour every week; talk with them whenever we see any of them at home; pray in earnest for them ; diligently […]Read More »
  • What if you asked your mission field?

    What if you asked your mission field?

    Marriott Hotels are predictable, safe places to stay, right? Hardly a brand known for innovation, Marriott is shaking things up in some innovation zones. Here is an example: The staff at the Budapest Marriott noticed that there was a large empty space in the hotel with an excellent view of the Danube River—and that the […]Read More »
  • Cotton Anniversary

    Cotton Anniversary

    Today marks the second year since God led me into a new ministry and it continues to be an incredible, deeply rewarding journey. Thank you to Vivian for saying “This is definitely what you need to do.”  Thank you to my friends and supporters for your diligent prayers. Thank you to my board members and for […]Read More »