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Ten Reasons Volunteers are Blessed

The Church of the Lord Jesus has been the greatest force in the world for the past 2,000 years because it has the most motivated volunteers in the world. Volunteering is so important, that Jesus taught us to pray first and foremost for more laborers in His harvest (Matthew 9:37-38). The following are reasons why…

The 10 Roots of Contemporary Church Models, Part 1

In this two-part series, we will explore the ten roots of contemporary church models. The following are the first five models: The Jerusalem Model (mono cultural) The first model of the early church was focused on only reaching Jewish people in Jerusalem (read Acts 1-8). This mono centrality seemed to ignore the Great Commandment that…

Were You ‘Sent’ or Just ‘Went’ Into Ministry?

Today there are many people in the independent Evangelical and Pentecostal movements who start churches merely because they feel led to do so. If there were a way to statistically track the outcomes of these self-ordained pastors, my educated guess, based on years of experience, is that most of these churches and/or ministries fail to…

Why a Church’s Culture Always Trumps its Vision

In my over 25 years of overseeing a church and ministering to senior leaders, I have seen countless pastors (including myself) become frustrated because those in their congregations either do not catch or follow the vision of the church, or the vision they are preaching does not seem to make much of a difference. I…

10 Characteristics of the ‘Concert-Driven Church’

Worship and music have always been an integral part of both the Christian and Jewish faith. The fact that we have one hundred fifty Psalms as part of sacred writ in Scripture demonstrates this point. Truly we were created by God to love and enjoy Him (by implication worship and adore Him) forever. That being…

The Biblical View of Failure

Failure is an important topic because so many of us are driven to succeed more from a fear of failure than by the call of God on our lives. This is partly because in this nation we have a “black and white” view of success and failure that makes failure unacceptable. The following are points…

Five Ways We Show Thankfulness to God

Whatever you are thankful for in your life multiplies. I remember one day I was very discouraged and realized that I was discouraged because I was focusing on negative things and wasn’t thankful. As soon as I began to thank God for the blessings in my life I immediately received strength. The Bible teaches us…

Seven Contemporary Extremes in the Teaching of the Kingdom of God

Almost everywhere I go believers are attempting to apply the Kingdom message to influence the cultural mountains, which are described as the major areas we need to influence in order to transform society: politics, economics, education, family, religion, arts/entertainment, and science. Consequently, with every move of God there are always extremes and/or misunderstandings. Of course,…

How the Radical Grace Message Dismisses the Fear of God

Since I have been a believer (since 1978) I have witnessed many theological and thematic trends in the church. (E.G. “The word of faith”, “Inner healing”, “deliverance”, “prosperity gospel” and more.) The past decade we have witnessed a “radical grace” message sweep across the global church. In the context of this article, Radical Grace refers…

Eight Leadership Principles for Finishing Well

There have been great leadership books on living a significant life and finishing well (Halftime by Bob Buford comes to mind). In this article, I want to focus especially on how senior pastors and apostolic leaders can finish well. One of the saddest conversations I ever had was with several older apostolic leaders who confided…