Category: Leadership


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 →


One of the Disciplines that has Helped Me Most

I once read that John Maxwell planned his family vacations near great leaders. The purpose was to spend an hour of his vacation, at lunch, asking someone he looked up to questions. That made an impression on me. I’ve heard other people talk about similar disciplines. An older friend once encouraged me to pick someone I respect and offer them… 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 →


3 Qualities I’ve Noticed in the Leaders I Admire Most

I’ve written before that I love to read leadership books. One of the first I remember reading is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. As long as I can remember I’ve tried to watch leaders closely and learn as much I can. There are a lot of things that make a great leader. So, it’s probably not… Read more →


Free: All of my Notes on the Book of Acts

Nearly all disciple making movements start with desperate prayer and they start among young people. I noticed this over and over again when I was studying to teach through the book of Acts. So, I want you to have my notes from that series. Click the button below, fill in the form, and you’ll get… Notes from 27 messages about the… Read more →


3 Reasons We Must Train New Collegiate Leaders

My second article of the year for Collegiate Collective is being published this week. It’s about something I love, training leaders. If every campus minister took two years to train a future campus minister, the number of ministries would double. There are at least three other reasons why it’s important to train future campus ministers… Opportunities for training are limited.… Read more →


What This Barna Report Means for the Young & the Old

I have fond memories of playing Skip-bo with my great grandmother and two of my great aunts when I was a kid. As a college student I worked in a nursing home. I’ve been a part of multi-generation churches my whole life. I truly love and appreciate older people. As much as I value the generations ahead of me, one… Read more →


5 Things You Can Do This Week to Prioritize Disciple Making

In the fall of 2013 our campus ministry’s large group gathering was growing but we weren’t sure if we were making disciples. In one staff meeting I asked, “How many of the 125 students we see each week are fully committed disciples?” When the best guess was, “5 or 6,” I knew we had a lot of work to do.… Read more →


What Makes Jesus Angry?

Is it wrong to be angry? No, it’s not. Anger is neutral, it’s neither right nor wrong. Jesus got angry. And, we can learn a lot by paying attention to what made Jesus angrier than anything else. It’s hard to imagine that Jesus wasn’t at least a little angry when he called some Pharisees snakes, hypocrites, and white washed tombs (Matthew… Read more →