Are Equipping Classes the Enemy of Small Groups?

Mark Howell Sees “5 Commitments That Propel and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.” Here’s a summary of his five commitments: Connecting everyone to a small group is a top objective every year. Small group membership is an essential step in the strategy. Small group ministry is designed to make disciples. Significant investment in leadership […]

37 Lessons Learned from the Mars Hill Church Melt Down

News within the American Church was dominated during the last third of 2014 by the melt down of one of America’s most cutting edge megachurch–Mars Hill Church of Seattle. Started by Pastor Mark Driscoll in 1996, Mars Hill captured the attention of the younger generation while preaching a conservative, doctrinally-rich gospel. In the last two […]

Houston Mayor Bullies Local Pastors

World media was abuzz this week with news of Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s bullying attempts to intimidate and silence local pastors. At the root of the crisis is a June 2014 “bathroom bill” initiated by Mayor Parker, a radical homosexual activist, and passed by the Houston City Council that among other “rights” permits transgendered men to […]

How Do You Define A Cult?

During the Spring 2014 semester I am studying Modern Religious Sects as part of a Master of Arts in Apologetics through Luther Rice Seminary.  Establishing a clear definition of what constitutes a cult or sect is an essential place to begin when studying religious movements and gatherings. This is more true in 21st Century America, […]

Called to Pastor? Maybe not

After serving in the vocational ministry for over 20 years, I have witnessed many men and women step forward in answer to God’s call on their life to enter full-time service. Some were called to the mission field, some to ministry in other local churches, and some to become a church planting pastor.  The call […]