How Special Should Easter Services Be?

Easter is just days away and, by now, most church leaders are pretty squared away on what their Easter services will look like. At least I would hope so. Though Easter is undoubtedly special, as it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, churches should beware of making their Easter services too special — or more specifically —Continue reading “How Special Should Easter Services Be?”

What I Learned from 10 Churches in 4 Days

This past week was crazy. I took our five Pastoral Residents on our first annual “church tour.” We decided to stay close to home and see what we could learn from the Church (or part of it) in Phoenix. We interacted with 10 churches, met with 7 leaders, participated in 6 worship services, heard 2Continue reading “What I Learned from 10 Churches in 4 Days”

It’s Not (Just) About the Model

My last few posts have dealt in depth with multi-site models. First I shared how we do it at Redemption, then I argued that our model is stronger than video multi-site, and finally I offered some advantages that video multi-site has. Throughout those posts, there was a lot of discussion about models. How things areContinue reading “It’s Not (Just) About the Model”

4 Advantages of Video Multi-Site

My last few posts have been about Redemption Church’s multi-congregational model and then about why I believe this model is better than the video multi-site model. (Note: I didn’t say that our church is better than the video multi-site churches, but that our model is better). In this post, I want to discuss four advantagesContinue reading “4 Advantages of Video Multi-Site”

5 Reasons Why Multi-Congregational Church is Better Than Video Multi-Site

In my last post I explained how our church does multi-congregational ministry. In this post, I want to flesh out how it’s different from “typical” video multi-site church and why I think our approach is better. What’s the difference? Technically, a multi-site church is one church meeting in multiple locations. The term multi-site is aContinue reading “5 Reasons Why Multi-Congregational Church is Better Than Video Multi-Site”

How Our Multi-Congregational Church Model Works

I am a Lead Pastor and part of the Leadership Team of Redemption Church, a growing multi-congregational church in Arizona. Our model of doing church is quite different from what most people have experienced. Especially among church leaders, we get a lot of questions about how and why we do what we do. This postContinue reading “How Our Multi-Congregational Church Model Works”

What I Admire About Mormon Missions

I have a number of LDS friends and, living in Phoenix’s Southeast Valley, meet LDS folks on a regular basis. I often ask them about their experiences serving on a mission, as it always leads to interesting stories and conversation. While I disagree with the core of LDS theology, I admire a number of thingsContinue reading “What I Admire About Mormon Missions”

Clarify the Win

I first heard the language “Clarify the Win” a few years ago in a Practically Speaking podcast, where the senior leaders at North Point Community Church talk about their 7 Practices of Effective Ministry. What is it to “Clarify the Win”? Leaders and volunteers want to “win,” but often find it difficult to know whetherContinue reading “Clarify the Win”

Quality Leads to Quantity

In a recent tweet, Justin Anderson linked to Karl Vaters article, “Why Small Churches Are the Next Big Thing.” Vaters makes some thoughtful points about what kind of church will effectively reach the Millennial generation that is (supposedly) leaving the church in droves. In particular, he says it’s a great opportunity for small churches: Why? Because, as theContinue reading “Quality Leads to Quantity”

Do a Few Things Well

Leaders have big ideas, strong confidence and inspiring faith. They can see what their organization, team, business, ministry or church will eventually become. They envision it a few years down the road running at full-steam with plenty of resources, support, and specialization. But they make a big mistake if they try to create that full-orbedContinue reading “Do a Few Things Well”