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...

As the Church Regathers

As our cities and nations begin to reopen, especially now that COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available, I know that we all look forward to regathering with our churches soon. While we prepare to come together, let’s remember why we gather: To worship God....

Visionary Leadership

All humans are divinely designed to pursue a vision. Though God’s original intent was for mankind to pursue his mission on the earth, many well-meaning Christians settle for lesser visions: consumerism, political ideologies, conspiracy theories, and more....

The Power and Danger of Listening

One of the most troubling trends of 2020 has been the loss of truth in the public sphere. Many people are losing trust in conventional sources of truth (the media, the government, even the church) and turning to a rapidly fragmenting cacophony of voices on...

Think Strong, Lead Long

I know that 2020 was a very challenging year for many leaders, and many are wondering how they’ll make it through another year of pandemic-related uncertainty and challenges. My charge to all leaders in 2021 is to think like a tortoise.  The tortoise is...