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The Power of Live Stream

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We live in a very digital world and if your church or ministry is anywhere on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and all the other social media networks you know that these platforms offer live stream. Live Stream is a feature that allows you to stream your content onto social media platforms. If the live stream feature […]

Taking Back Advent

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As we are getting closer to Christmas during this Advent season, it is easy to find ourselves overwhelmed with busyness. The pressures of making preparations for family gatherings, Christmas shopping, church activities, and attending Christmas functions can make the days pass in a blur. You may also find your mailbox filled daily with solicitations for […]

You’re Already Discipling

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Sometimes it feels like we should be doing more. Our preaching could improve, and there’s always something more we could be doing. Add to that comparisons to other pastors and churches and it’s easy to get discouraged. I have good news for you today: You’re already discipling. You probably don’t need to feel bad about […]

3 Realizations That Will Help You Trust in God’s Plan

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It happened again… Out of nowhere, your great plan was blown to smithereens. You had your life in nearly perfect order and things were going great, but apparently God had different plans. Life threw you a curve ball—and you’re left confused, frustrated, and anxious. How do you keep your faith in God’s plan when everything’s […]

4 Tips for Growing Your Ministry Facebook Page

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Are you struggling to get engagement on your Facebook page? Are you posting regularly but not seeing any new likes or followers? Unless you are an expert or strategist growing your Facebook page may seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 4 tips that I have used to grow […]

Forgiving Ourselves and Forgiving Others

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I have been thinking about forgiveness a lot lately. I know many people who struggle with it, in that they are either unable to forgive themselves for something they have done or they are unable to forgive someone else for hurting them. When I think about God’s limitless grace and that it is through Christ’s […]

Inconsolable Longing

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Is anything more disruptively unsettling or existentially challenging than having to deeply feel a desire that will never be fully satisfied in this life? It seems reasonable to assume that a good God who loves the human creatures He created would never build into them a longing that could not be satisfied, a thirst that […]

Training Small Group Leaders

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When we first launched small groups at National Community Church, we designed a three-hour, in-person training to prepare potential leaders. We packed in as much as we could—theology of community, icebreakers and snacks, raising up apprentice leaders, asking powerful questions, and choosing study material. But there were so many other topics: navigating conflict, dealing with […]