This week, my wife, Marty, and I had the honor of attending a church planter's retreat sponsored by the Converge Northwest District and held at the beautiful Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center on the rugged Pacific coast in northern Oregon. Read on to discover just a small amount of what was seen and heard at that relaxed gathering. Maybe you and your church can learn from my observations.

This morning I was looking forward to a day of rest when the power at our house went out. It has now been out over four hours and we're still waitingÐand waitingÐand waiting. In this electronic world, it's hard to get things done when your power goes out, things like writing this blog, for instance. So this brings to mind an important question, "What powers your church?" Consider the following answers.
 Most churched people in North America and maybe around the world attend or are being ministered to by small churches. I am defining a small church as one that has fewer than 125 in face-to-face, average attendance during worship services. These churches and their leaders need not apologize for being small and seemingly insignificant. In fact, they are the churches that may have the greatest impact for the Gospel in their communities. They matter! This blog offers some reasons why, so keep reading to find out why the small church matters to God and to its community.
For some time I have been thinking about what pastors from the Millennial Generation need to understand and accept. It's difficult to generalize generational behavior when speaking about a particular group of younger pastors, but after studying, observing, and helping to place millennial pastors, I will take a risk and state my observations. My hope in doing this is to not only help this group of pastors, but also to help the multigenerational churches they want to serve. What follows is a starter list of my observations and ideas.
When coaching someone, there is power in using a "what if" question. In this blog, I want to encourage you to use the "what if" question as you coach others and seek to help them assist others to come up with solutions to the problems they might face in life, leadership, and ministry. Read on to discover more about using this helpful "tool."
There are four important principles that should be used in developing or revising any of your church guiding documents. When we talk about guiding documents for the church, we are referring to such documents as articles of incorporation, by-laws, policies, job descriptions, etc. Follow the principles below and you will improve your ministry effectiveness and relevance, plus you may reduce the number of organizational headaches that go with leading a church. Read on to discover what these four principles are.
This past week, two of my granddaughters, Adia and Kalanie, who play basketball for the Lynden, WA High School Lions, went with their team to the state tournament in Yakima, Washington. I listened on my laptop to their first game and cheered them on from a distance even though they lost to a tough team. Go Lions! And for the last few days, I have been thinking about what can be learned from basketball but applied to the church. Let me share with you some of the lessons in this blog. Read on to find out what I observed and learned summarized in seven lessons.
The church planting proposal is a document that serves as the "business plan" for the new church.  It generally covers the first two years of new church development.  In the proposal, the church planter puts into writing what God is laying on his heart.  It spells out the initial vision or dream, the initial ideas of the culture of the new church, and its launch strategy. Keep reading to find out what content is needed in your proposal.
This blog is devoted to something I have observed over many years of ministry to potential and active church planters. I'm sure there are many more but I'll start the conversation by listing five signs you might make a good church planter.
Today my wife and I celebrated our 48th anniversary. It was a quiet celebration. We went out for dinner tonight at Olive Garden. The restaurant even helped us celebrate by giving us a free slice of cheesecake topped with strawberry sauce. It was yummy. During our celebration, we reminisced over a delicious Italian meal and desert about our early life as a married couple. (That's food for another blog post, but don't look for it anytime soon.) As I write this, I am once again reminded about the importance of celebrations in the life of the church. Read on to find out more about celebrations in your church or church plant.