Mission: Mission, vision, values and distinctives are established and agreed upon

The Power of Presence

Charles de Foucauld chose to define his life with the simple phrase, “Present to God……present to People.” I am intrigued by the simplicity of that life mission of presence, but must confess I don’t always find it easy. I have difficulty being present to God unless I am still and quiet enough to sense his presence. And, I find it... Continue Reading

Discovering, Designing, and Developing Your Destiny

“The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and not having time.  It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life.  When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else – we are the busiest people... Continue Reading

The Story of Three Bricklayers – A Parable About The Power of Purpose

The story of three bricklayers is a multi-faceted parable with many different variations, but is rooted in an authentic story. After the great fire of 1666 that leveled London, the world’s most famous architect, Christopher Wren, was commissioned to rebuild St Paul’s Cathedral. One day in 1671, Christopher Wren observed three bricklayers on a scaffold, one crouched, one half-standing and... Continue Reading

Divine + Distinctive DNA = True Self

The beginning of a new year is a natural time to hit pause and reflect on what you discovered, learned, and experienced during the previous year, as well as prayerfully consider changes and goals for the coming year. For me, this annual exercise centers around discerning how I can continue to be my best, most authentic, and truest self in... Continue Reading

Mission and Vision Begins At Home 

For many of the years I served as Executive Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN we were in some type of building program. This meant I spent countless hours in the City Manager’s Office preparing for various presentations before the Zoning Commission, City Planning Commission, and City Council. During one such meeting the City Manager interrupted our conversation... Continue Reading

Church Culture as Community, Cause and Corporation

Over twenty years ago Jim Dethmer wrote an article that I continue to see play out in churches today. He described the church as having three primary dimensions: Community, Cause and Corporation. Each dimension is found in Scripture and represents how a body of believers is to function. Often the identity and culture of a church can be defined by the emphasis... Continue Reading

The Question Church Leaders Must Answer

A common question church members and staff ask of church leaders is “Where are we going?” The same is true in any company or business, stakeholders want to know where the organization is going. Churches that are crystal clear on their unique and God inspired direction, and have members, staff and ministries moving together in that direction are consistently healthier... Continue Reading

What Are Your Church’s Divine Distinctives?

The word “distinctive” is defined as a characteristic of a person or thing that distinguishes it from all others. Scripture emphasizes that each person as well as each church is distinctively designed and known by God. Healthy churches have learned the importance of putting members in places of service that account for their distinctive divine design. Effective churches also have... Continue Reading

12 Sources For Discovering Church Uniqueness

My pastor, Dr. Mike Glenn likes to say, “There is a reason Baskin Robbins has 31 different flavors.” His point is that God has purposefully designed each church distinctive and unique from any church that ever has or ever will exist. With that unique design comes a calling and a set of ministry assignments that are distinctive. Just as an individual... Continue Reading

How to Shape Church Culture Like Jesus Did

Jesus Mosaic of more than 1,000 different images of Jesus from the film The God Who Wasn’t There Shaping church culture is one of the most demanding, illusive and yet vital responsibilities of church leaders. A healthy church culture is essential to being the missional, multiplying, discipling, reaching and transforming force that God intended. Having an intentional process for elevating... Continue Reading