Disciplemaking that Reproduces

A friend recently revealed the “secret sauce” of Hope Chapels. He told me, “this is something you never teach, but I learned it from you anyway.” So much for making disciples… He said the secret sauce is that we established a root culture of communication at every level in our movement. He discovered it in …

Root Culture of Communication Read More »

We live as “sojourners” in this world. Even as “strangers and aliens.” I find that alien word a little–well, alien. But we are outsiders to our culture. This positions each of us as everyday missionaries. My overseas experience suggests that we learn to address a foreign culture with humility and grace. We need to consider …

Becoming an Everyday Missionary Network Leader Read More »

My high school youth pastor recently surprised me with a text. I’m thrilled at the connection after many years. Since I’m so old, I imagine he’s in his eighties by now. In responding to that initial text, I began thinking about how much I owe him. Put another way, if you’re reading this, it includes …

A Belated Thank-you to My Youth Pastor Read More »

The guy attacked me from the platform at a symposium. “You’re not the laid-back leader you present to the public. You have to exercise authority to do what you’ve done.” I responded with, “I’m not the domineering leader, you suppose, but I may be the most high-control leader you ever met! I teach people to …

Non-Authoritarian/High Control Leadership Read More »

Hope you’re making disciples… If you are, you should be able to name your three closest disciples without even thinking about it. If you can’t, you probably need to re-read Jesus’ words in Matthew 28. If you make disciples, is this a private project, or is it integral to your church family? If you lead …

Making Disciples: Do the Math Read More »

I want to be like Barnabas when I grow up (at age 74, I’m not sure I’ll get there, but I’m sure trying). Barnabas understood something that seems to have escaped the 11 disciples (12 if you include Matthias) who had been with Jesus. What did they miss after three years with Jesus plus nine …

Formulas are Tiresome, but This One Might be Different Read More »

So, who isn’t tired of hearing about the pandemic, or the “new normal?” I sure am, but here we go with another way to look at this mess. COVID-19 is an asset for those who allow it to be! Not to overlook the immense pain it brings, but for some it creates opportunity. Amazon.com, for …

COVID-19 is a Tipping Point Toward What? Read More »