Tag Archives: church planting

A Template for Church Planting

A template is a pattern or mold used as a guide to form a piece or product. There certainly is a template in what happened when Paul met up with the nominal 12 believers at Ephesus. Here is the background. The great preacher/orator, Apollos, preceded Paul to Ephesus. Apollos was a learned Alexandrian Jew, thoroughly […]

Ministry Is a Team Sport

I read through the Book of Acts and the Epistles and wrote down the names of all the people associated with the ministry of Apostle Paul. There were ninety-one. Ninety-one people! Paul didn’t carry out his historic ministry alone. Then as now, ministry requires a team. The one time Paul was alone in Athens, he […]

The Hinge Moment

The disciples had followed Jesus for two years, and the time had come for them to perceive His identity. Would they lay aside their preconceived idea of a political Messiah and accept Jesus’ revelation of himself? The answer comes at Caesarea Philippi. It is while Jesus prays in private and His disciples are with Him […]

Lessons for the Long Haul

Dr. Clarence Roddy has gone to be with the Lord, but he remains in my mind one of the greatest preachers I’ve ever heard. He was also a wise and winsome homiletics and pastoral care professor who riveted us seminarians with his practical reflections of God’s truth in action in our lives. In pastoral theology […]

Love God and Love People

I have told my son, who is a young pastor, “There are just two things you need to do: Love God and love people.” If you do these two things, you will not go too far astray. Many younger pastors immediately try to assert their authority because they feel insecure. They try to change things […]

God-Powered Finances

During my first six months at Newport-Mesa as pastor, the church emptied out. You could have fired a shotgun in the sanctuary on Sunday morning and not hit anybody. Even the church finances began drying up. I had been faithful to build on the strengths God had given me, but I was a total failure. […]