Category: Discipleship

One Thing You Can’t Forget When Making Disciples

This year is off to a frenetic start. My schedule feels packed every day. I can’t wait to share my new eBook with you! But, getting it ready to launch has kept me maxed out. Through the process, I’ve been reminded of something important. It’s frustrating when you have a heart to make disciples but too many things are vying… Read more →

Top 5 Posts of 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! These were the posts you read most in 2016… The Gigantic Hole in our Worship Why is Campus Ministry So Weak in the Churches of Christ? 6 Reasons Warning: These 3 Things Disqualify You from Following Jesus Two Statements You Won’t Find in the New Testament 3 Reasons College Students Walk Away from Faith I look… Read more →

3 Reasons College Students Walk Away from Faith

This is a guest post by Corey Harrison, one of the apprentices in the campus ministry I lead. “I’m not a Christian anymore.” For many in today’s church, these are more than just words. They conjure up painful memories, faces and names of people who once held vibrant faiths, but who now want little or nothing to do with church. … Read more →

The Way We Think About Church Leadership is Incomplete

My guess is that you’re looking to maximize your disciple making impact on the world. Some of you have even told me that. For the church to maximize its impact in the 21st century, we need to make an important shift. Steve Cloer recently used three metaphors to describe this shift: a lizard, a sailboat, and a terminal.  Carey Neiuwhof… Read more →

3 Roles Every Ministry Needs to Fill

Several years I ago I was invited to a meeting for local pastors. As I listened, two things were clear. Some of the pastors had a system and strategy that guided their work and I had neither. Some of these leaders talked about models. Others were working plans. I kept racking my brain for something I could say that would… Read more →

What Are You Willing to Risk to Reach New People?

This is a guest post by Preston Conder, one of the apprentices in the campus ministry I lead.  How far would you be willing to go to do something you loved? After playing three seasons of college football I quit because I had dreams of becoming the youngest offensive coordinator in college football history.  I transferred universities which meant leaving… Read more →

A New Addition to Our Current Ministry

I work with a fantastic church, the West Side Church of Christ, leading the CCSC, a ministry that’s had a profound impact on me. We love where we are. Especially in recent months, Katie and I feel like God is doing something special here. It’s a huge blessing to love what you do. It’s doubly huge to love the people… Read more →

3 Reasons Why it’s Critical to Start New Campus Ministries

There’s a shift coming in the way we do ministry in the U.S. As our culture becomes less and less Christian we’ll have to become more comfortable starting things from scratch, reaching new people. Ministry will take on more of an entrepreneurial feel. I recently had a phone conversation with Alex Absalom about starting missional communities. He captured this idea… Read more →

Without This Nothing Else Matters

Words are powerful. There’s so much power for good in the words we use. The opposite is also true. Words can cause great harm. Last week was a good example. Two African American men were shot by white police officers. Then, five police officers were killed in Dallas at a protest. By many standards, it was an awful week. Then,… Read more →

One of the Best Things You Can Do for the People You Lead

Several years ago I read Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership for a graduate school class. It’s about those areas of vulnerability we all have. Without self awareness and accountability those weak areas can lead to all kinds of bad stuff. The book came with an inventory to identify your particular area of vulnerability. When I took it years ago… Read more →

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