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A recent leader meeting

I recently had a campfire meeting with the leaders of ViaCordis, the church we’re starting. ViaCordis is Latin for “way of the heart”. And we connect with our leaders regularly in what we call “campfires.” I wanted to help the leaders get a clear picture of the...

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Are you willing to lose your job?

When people want to move toward becoming more incarnational and missional in their ministry, often their chief obstacles are church structures and leadership that is more focused on the institution than on the mission of Jesus. The reality for many of us is: “If I...

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Don’t support me anymore

When I started ViaCordis, I wrote a letter to my long-time supporters and said, “I’m going to be planting a new church. I’m going to be doing it bivocationally. So I would appreciate your encouragement and your prayers, but please don’t send any more money.”...

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Measuring the fruit

When I posted last time about rethinking church subsidies, I mentioned investing in leaders that have fruit rather than just potential. Some readers wondered how I would define fruit. Many of us are rightly skeptical of a system that counts success as full pews and...

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Rethinking church subsidies

What if—instead of providing money for new church plants on the front end and then phasing out those subsidies—we did the opposite? What if we don’t fund things until they’ve begun gathering? What if we fund the things that are already working? Think in terms of...

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The 12 Life Commitments

The 12 Life Commitments Below is the text of a document that several people have asked me to pass along to them. Maybe it will be helpful to post here as well. These are the basic commitments of those who are a part of the church I’m currently planting. But because a...

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Bob is planting a church? Really.

I’m realizing that some of you out there may not know that I’m currently planting a new church. And those of you that have heard about it through the grapevine have asked me, “So what’s that all about?” Well, I’ve come a long way from knocking on doors in the 1970s....

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Consulting vs. Coaching

I often tell people that consulting provides breakthroughs and coaching provides follow through. Right now in your ministry, which is more important? Which would help you most-- a breakthrough? Or some much-needed follow through on ideas, dreams or plans you already...

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Vision

30 days is a long time, and yet on the other hand it is not. In 30 days you can form a new habit, and in 30 days or less a leader can lose their vision, their passion, and fall smack into a wall. I have been there myself – this is not just a theory, it is reality....

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Do less…no really

Early in my days as a young church planter I realized the following: The key to greater fruitfulness is not doing more, but doing less. Initially when I shared this idea people were confused – how could doing less help? They knew I had a long list of things to do,...

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It cannot be done

I love Chinese food. The food is good – but my favorite part is the fortune cookie. I’m amused by them. I secretly think it would be a fun job to write the sayings for the fortune cookies. We all know that somewhere out there are a small group of people who sit in a...

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Live research subjects

I get live subjects to research on, which—as a former chemistry major—is very exciting. I just met a guy who is connected to a network of maybe 40-some church planters in southern California, and I can meet with them, interview them, and observe them. I want to...

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