The Critical Difference Between Solitude and Isolation

  “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart. “ Proverbs 18:1-2 NKJV I recently read an excellent article by a church planter in NYC. But something very important struck me that…

4 Benefits of Collaborative Sermon Prep

In most churches the preaching pastor spends a significant amount of time studying alone and crafting the sermon each week in preparation for Sunday. It’s hard work and a great labor of love. At Redemption Hill Church we have taken a slightly different approach. We study together every week. Before…

Have we outsmarted Jesus?

Have you ever considered how some of the ways today’s respected leaders suggest we shouldn’t do ministry are precisely the ways Jesus did ministry? In some ways, it seems we’ve outsmarted Jesus. Take a look at the conferences and literature that are intended to guide the American Church. Our American…

No one needs you. Now what?

  “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.”  Exodus 18:17-19 When confronted by his father-in-law about the work he has taken on, Moses responds very much…

All Churches Multiply

  What was the first thought that went through your mind when you read that title?  If you’re anything like me, you’ve been turned off over so much emphasis on church multiplication at any expense that the mere suggestion of multiplication completely frustrates you. Yet, every church multiplies… Whether intentional…

8 Ideas to Involve Special Needs People at Your Church (and Why You Should).

Pop Quiz: What is the largest minority in the United States right now? (Do you hear the Jeopardy theme song playing?) Many might have guessed the Latino community. At over 18%, that is a good guess. While statistics vary because of the difficulty to count those who are often hidden, at nearly a…

5 Reasons Why Leaders Should Embrace Consistent Change

For most of us, change is hard; for others, it’s downright excruciating! As people who are constantly being changed into the image of Christ, change should be something Christians embrace and even pursue when we understand that it’s for good cause. Yet, when we’re honest, we know that even good…

5 Social Media Tips That Will Actually Grow your Church.

  Our church is growing rapidly because we figured out how to leverage social media to reach people. As soon as people learn about how our church more than doubled in size in less than 12 months – largely through the use of social media – they immediately want to…

What is humility…really?

  I was asked recently to speak at a Leadership Conference on the topic of Humility. So, I figured I’d share with you a few of my thoughts on this illusive requirement of effective leadership. Now, I must admit, I began my talk with the confession that I have yet…

When little makes a big impact.

  I grew up in a little Norwegian Free church in Northern Minnesota. Do you know what I learned in my little church? I was with a multi-generational congregation where these old Scandinavian men and women in these prayer meetings would get down on their knees and weep and cry out…

Does innocent suffering really exist?

  Innocent suffering really exists. It happens. And it makes us just as uncomfortable as it did Job’s friends. We don’t like the uncertainty and so we come up with explanations that help to give us our understanding of the world back, and our control of it. The long speeches…

One practice that has life-changing impact.

  I remember my first experience at a Christian camp. It was the summer before my 8th grade year. My family had gone through a very tough season, but our saving grace was our church family.  Our church was truly a respite for our souls. We were there Sunday morning,…

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