“I Am Praying for You.”

“I am praying for you.” Those were the parting words shared with us by Pastor Florel Mondesir, following our recent visit to his church on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We met him and his wife while on a vision trip to Haiti with Compassion International....
Creating Culture

Creating Culture

The culture at the time of Jesus Christ was one in which tradition was the order of the day, Rome was in power, and the Jewish Chief Priests were the leading spiritual guides. Gentiles were excluded from spiritual conversations, spiritual blessings and the spiritual...
“NO” vs “YES”

“NO” vs “YES”

The scripture makes it clear that our priority should be pleasing God rather than people. If that is, indeed ,God’s will for me as a Church Starter, why is it so difficult to accomplish? Perhaps my greatest weakness is “people pleasing”. I desperately want the...
Certainty

Certainty

My co-pastor has a big ol’ tattoo on one of his big ol’ biceps that reads “Bad Theology Kills,” which is the kind of tattoo you can only get if you’re planting a new church.  There’s a lot to unpack in those three simple words. Bad theology has time and time again...
A Leadership Dilemma: Leading with Vocational Integrity

A Leadership Dilemma: Leading with Vocational Integrity

Church Starters are often presented with a leadership dilemma – leading with vocational integrity. With high levels of stress due to an abundance of unknowns and unsettled questions, the church starter may find him/herself in a vulnerable situation.  Two common...