How Are Your Relationships?

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with Dave Hess, who leads campus ministry efforts for Freedom Church in Philadelphia and serves as a regional director for Every Nation Campus North America. Dave asked me to join his podcast to speak about...

When to Break the Rules

As leaders, we tend to love the type of church or ministry members who are “all in.” The more committed, the better, right? Maybe; maybe not. After reading Mark 2–3 the other day, I realized that in the gospels, those who often received the harshest rebuke...

Top Priority: Worship or Mission?

There is a tension between worship and mission. Many of you have probably experienced this tension at some point in time as you were figuring out a next step or direction for your life. Do we wait on the Lord until we get clear direction, or do we go on...

When to Ignore Best Practices

There are aisles and aisles of books dedicated to explaining best practices for organizations, businesses, ministries, etc. I’m grateful for them because they can be helpful and informative. But there are also times when we should completely ignore best...

Following a G.O.A.T.

As a ministry or church leader, can you imagine following the G.O.A.T.—the Greatest Of All Time? Can you imagine having to measure up to the standards and expectations this leader set? When I look at leadership G.O.A.T.s in the Bible—those who were fully...

When Hope is too Small

First century Jews expected their messiah to ride a chariot, or maybe a warhorse, but not a young donkey. Then here comes Jesus on a donkey. I imagine the disciples were disappointed, maybe embarrassed. Like most Jews in that day, the disciples hoped for a...

Called by God

A few weeks ago, I was reading Genesis during my morning devotions and immediately paused at Genesis 12:1–4. As I read about Abram and the call of God on his life, I saw a lot of applications for the call to vocational ministry. Here are three descriptions...

Cultivating Healthy Culture

We all know that culture matters, but we also know that cultivating a healthy culture is really difficult. Many of us have been on teams with healthy cultures, and we’ve also been on teams with unhealthy cultures. It’s easy to know the difference when you...

Young Donkeys and Campus Ministry

In Every Nation, we talk a lot about the campus. It’s in our mission statement, and it’s a significant part of decisions on where to plant next. Why? Because reaching the next generation is a crucial part of our calling. We have always said that we have...