TIME FOR SHARPENING

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 This verse speaks to an important principle: leaders NEED other leaders to speak with and do life with in order to keep growing.  With that in mind, I want to invite you into two things that I believe may…

MEET THE WILSONS!

Our EFCA mission is to multiply transformational churches among all people. That’s why I’m excited about the work God is doing with the Wilson family as they begin their new season of ministry in Roanoke, Virginia. Charles and His wife Tranay began serving in youth ministry at their home church in…

HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE

As I see what’s happening as the result of Hurricane Harvey, I can’t help but be drawn back to another recent storm and the lessons I learned through it. It was only a few years ago that I sat in absolute awe of two opposing forces: the destructive power of nature and the…

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

On Monday, President Trump did what many people thought he should’ve done on Saturday – when he finally denounced the specific hate groups (the KKK, neo-Nazi’s and white supremacists) who were at the core of the violence in Charlottesville. Many Americans were incensed that the one who is notoriously quick to call out people on twitter chose silence in this…

EVERYONE NEEDS A COACH

Think about this… Steph Curry has a shooting coach. Serena Williams has a tennis coach. Mariah Carey has a voice coach. Jordan Spieth has a swing coach. Do you look at that list and wonder, “Why?” Who is qualified to teach them how to get better? I certainly do. Good things…

WHAT GOD CAN DO

A friend and mentor of mine is Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Though he has been in high demand for conferences and events around the world for decades, he routinely hosts small gatherings of 25-50 pastors and leaders at their location on Smith Street.  On a couple of occasions he invited me and…

WHY BE CREDENTIALED IN THE EFCA?

Did you know that not all of our pastors are credentialed in the EFCA? I have never quite understood that. I get that the ‘free’ in Evangelical Free Church can mean that no one can tell me what to do. But why not become credentialed in the EFCA? It’s like not getting a license…

GREAT LEADERSHIP

My good friend planted a church 12 years ago that now has four locations and averages more than 5000 people weekly. They have baptized more than 300 people per year for the last several years. They write, produce and record worship albums that I love. And now they have launched…

CARPE DIEM!

The other day a man expressed to me that I must have my hands full as a District Superintendent. He had heard a couple of pastoral burnout and failure statistics that left him incredulous. He asked me if the stats were indeed true (sadly, they were) and then asked me what…

LIFE WITH GOD

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and therefore left untried.” (What’s Wrong with the World). Really living your life with God can be costly. It goes against cultural norms. Matthew 10:34-39 says that it can become a sword that separates people…

WHERE HAVE ALL THE EVANGELISTS GONE?

EDITORS NOTE: The first half of this article was published in the June CONNECT. If you’ve read the first installment of Andy’s article, jump down to the image for the conclusion.  Where have all the evangelists gone? That is a question I have asked myself since the early days of…

IS FEAR HINDERING YOUR MINISTRY?

This may sound a little sick, but I’m glad some of the greatest leaders in the bible were fearful on occasion. One leader I’ve considered in particular is Joshua. Joshua evidently wasn’t just a little fearful – he was terrified. Not only did God tell him three times to be…

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