Overcoming Problems in Pastoral Productivity

No one is keeping track of when you clock into work or clock out. No boss is holding you accountable for how you spend your time. Sound like a fantasy world? Think again. It's the schedule of a pastor. The schedule of a pastor is almost infinitely flexible with no one really checking up on…

The Secret Sauce of Casting Vision Recap

Recap and application of Church Fuel's master class on vision.  Vision sketches out a potential future: "Can you see what I'm saying?" Vision needs to be both BIG and small. The big side of vision is your purpose for existing as a church. It will be along the lines of the Great Commission or the Great…

Community Group Leader’s Toolbox

All Community Group Leaders have questions. But not all Group Leaders have the same questions. Rather than having to sit through training and hear answers to questions you're not asking, the Group Leader's Toolbox is a collection of resources that you can look through and find what's useful to you!  The Format Each resource answers a common (or…

Sticky Teams

Larry Osborne wrote Sticky Teams to help pastors navigate the practical realities of leading, not just a spiritual organism, but also an organization. There's not much theology found in the book; it's a practical guide with seasoned wisdom sprinkled throughout. Model Don't Matter "Even the clearest vision, greatest innovations, and most stellar programs won't much of an…

Planting Missional Churches

Ed Stetzer is the Southern Baptist church planting guru. Planting Missional Churches functions like a textbook for a seminary class on church planting. By missional, Stetzer means "doing mission right where you are" (19). For Stetzer, it means thinking like a missionary to our own American culture. A missional church then has a culture whereby it…

The Forgotten Ways

Alan Hirsch coined a lot of terminology to pretty say the same thing as every other church planting book ever written. Hirsch entitles his paradigm of ministry, "Apostolic Genius" (81) (I'm sure no pride influenced the name). Essentially Hirsch says that traditional church doesn't work anymore and what we need is church 2.0 which sounds…

Global Church Planting

Lincroft Bible Church can learn much about church planting in our own country by learning from the experience of global church planters. In their book, Global Church Planting, author Craig Ott and Gene Wilson thoroughly breakdown the task of church planting by providing "best practices" and "principles" for aspiring planters to follow. The first section gives the…

AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church

How does the church keep from being too inward focused? How does the church balance the big gatherings with smaller service initiatives? It's questions like these that Hugh Halter and Matt Smay seek to answer in their book And: The Gathered and Scattered Church. Halter and Smay don't want people to lose their love for the church,…

The Open Secret

Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998) was a Britist missionary for many years to India. He wrote many books focusing on the church and her mission. The Open Secret  introduces some key issues surrounding the concept of mission. Because church plants must be mission focused in order to survive, the book has direct implications for shaping the discussion around church…

On (Theological) Courage

Courage does not consist in drawing lines. It consists in holding them. Especially in today's church climate, the need for courage is the order of the day. Yet courage is so often misunderstood. On the one hand, those of a "confessionalist" background who adopt detailed, multi-page statements of faith (like the Westminster Standards) deride those…