Mission Expansion

Mission Expansion

As the COVID pandemic begins to recede in many communities, I have had a lot of conversations about what it looks like to regather in local churches. Pastors are talking about what sermons their people need to hear and what measures they need to take to ensure safety....
What Is the Job of a Pastor?

What Is the Job of a Pastor?

What is at the core of what any pastor or spiritual leader should do? What is our essential job in ministry? What is the job of a pastor?In John 18:19–21, Jesus provides us with the perfect example of what our ministry should look like. Two key words stand out to me...
How to Finish Strong

How to Finish Strong

In modern Christianity, we are too often impressed with strong starts and forget that it’s the finish that really counts. Maybe it’s because we have a lot of spectators and cheerleaders at the beginning of our race and very few in the middle. Each of us—whether a...
Flying Horses & Discipleship

Flying Horses & Discipleship

A few weeks ago, at Bethel World Outreach Church, I had the opportunity to preach from Matthew 4:18–22 on following Jesus together—or more simply, discipleship. This simple response will not be a comforting thought for some. Relationships can be messy and...
Creating a Culture of Discipleship

Creating a Culture of Discipleship

Though most pastors want discipleship to happen in their churches, many feel like they can never get momentum. Discipleship feels like a chore that they can never seem to motivate people to engage.In this video, I’m going to talk about how to build a discipleship...
Tasteless Salt and Invisible Light

Tasteless Salt and Invisible Light

Jesus told his original disciples, “You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13–16). In today’s message, we’re going to talk about how salt and light reflect exactly how we are supposed to be as disciples of Jesus.  ...