Top 10 Resources for Pastors & Church Planters

I was recently asked by a pastor friend to recommend my top 10 most influential resources for pastors, church planters, or those aspiring to high-level ministry leadership. He wasn’t looking for explicitly theological resources as much as tools that explore ministry design, pastoral leadership, and developing a disciple-making ministry. While a number of these resources flowContinue reading “Top 10 Resources for Pastors & Church Planters”

How Do People Really Grow Spiritually? (Lessons from Move)

Every pastor wonders how much difference he is making. I’m no different. I want to know to what degree my personal ministry, as well as our church’s ministry, is really helping people grow in their faith. I ask questions like: Are we truly making disciples or are we just keeping people active? Does activity/participation =Continue reading “How Do People Really Grow Spiritually? (Lessons from Move)”

6 Lessons from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

I recently finished reading What’s Best Next by Matt Perman, who runs a blog by the same name. The book’s subtitle is “How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done.” It’s the best book I’ve read so far this year. I have read and benefited from a number of productivity-related books (Getting Things Done,Continue reading “6 Lessons from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman”

7 Lessons from Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

We recently kicked off our first Pastoral Internship & Residency program at Redemption Gateway. We’re reading and discussing a number of great resources. The most recent book we’ve looked at is Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley. The subtitle is “Five Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future” and these five essentials shape theContinue reading “7 Lessons from Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley”

Don’t Shoot Your Grandkids in the Heart

Contrary to what many people think, the church is not unnecessary for spiritual growth. As Kevin DeYoung says in The Hole in Our Holiness: In more than a decade of pastoral ministry I’ve never met a Christian who was healthier, more mature, and more active in ministry by being apart from the church. But I haveContinue reading “Don’t Shoot Your Grandkids in the Heart”

5 Lessons from Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley’s new book, Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, releases today. I had a chance to read a pre-release copy and walked away with a number of significant lessons. Despite coming in at 352 pages, it was a quick and engaging read. In fact, I read almost the whole thing inContinue reading “5 Lessons from Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley”

Why Church Leaders Matter

Church leaders matter. People don’t drift towards holiness, sacrifice, and courage. They drift towards cold complacency. Leaders help change the tide. I recently read Andy Stanley’s forthcoming book, Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, and he makes this point well: It’s this drift toward churchy, graceless, lifeless church that makes what youContinue reading “Why Church Leaders Matter”

7 Lessons from Sticky Church by Larry Osborne

Now is the time of year that churches all over North America are ramping up for a key season of ministry. At Redemption, we’re working hard to help people connect into our key environments of growth. A valuable resource for us in designing our approach to ministry was Sticky Church by Larry Osborne. Perhaps itContinue reading “7 Lessons from Sticky Church by Larry Osborne”