ONLINE CHURCH! The very words bring strong emotion to the hearts of many Christians and ministry leaders.

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Eventually, Christian leaders will have to do what they’ve done for 2,000 years. We will have to lead the flocks to which Christ Himself has made us overseers. We cannot permanently abdicate responsibility to temporal powers.

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. You could be a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and find that you’ll agree with a Philadelphia Eagles fan, at least on this one point. Even the redneck and the socialite will find common ground here. I think we can all agree. During this COVID-19 […]

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301 years ago, Robinson Crusoe, widely considered the First English Novel, was released in England to enormous praise.  Audiences loved the simple story of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad.  Poor Crusoe encounters prisoners, mutineers, and even cannibals during his adventurous stay.  Yet the first foes he would face would not come […]

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Today’s Blog is a guest post from my wife, Heather. Enjoy! “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as […]

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3 Signs your Marriage is in Trouble

February 6, 2017

There is nothing more beautiful than watching a relationship sprout, blossom, and bloom.  One of my favorite things about being a pastor is watching love grow in our congregation.  It’s so much fun to look out into my flock and see a man who previously came alone sitting (very closely) to a woman who previously […]

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The One Thing I Tell Every Couple

January 31, 2017

Heather and I love talking about marriage, speaking at marriage retreats, and sitting with married couples in order to discuss marriage.  Marriage counseling has become a passion of ours, as we have now been privileged to sit with hundreds of couples and help them navigate the joys and dangers of relationships.  In the last 12 […]

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Mental Illness and the Christian Church

January 17, 2017

As humans, we have the proclivity to speak authoritatively on subjects in which we know very little. “I seriously don’t think Donald Trump will make it past the primaries.” – J. Teis, June 16, 2015. “Disney purchased Star Wars?  They’ll probably destroy it!” – J. Teis, October 30, 2012. “I can say with certainty, that […]

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Brace Yourself for Change

January 9, 2017

For Christmas one year my parents scrimped enough money to give me an electric-powered slot-car racing track.  It was absolutely incredible!  Two cars, one blue and the other red, would race down the strait-away, take ninety-degree turns, round embankments, and speed toward a double loop de loop.  My brother and I spent hours racing each […]

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The Single Greatest Contributor to Ministry Growth

January 2, 2017

Hire the right people! Over the last 12 years our church plant has grown from zero to 1,000 in attendance.  This has been clearly a work of God and only His grace can be credited for such growth.  We’ve been the recipient of His unmerited favor and often sit in awe of God’s blessing. In […]

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Pastors Need Pastors

December 26, 2016

In November I found myself in Alabama. I wasn’t there for a football game or family reunion.  I had traveled thousands of miles to attend a one-day event for ministry leaders called Idea Day.  Idea Day is a day to share ideas for pastors, evangelists, missionaries, and all ministry leaders.  We came to share and […]

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Don’t Give Up

October 31, 2016

“Within three years we’ll be out of here and building a new church building!” We had just started our new church in Southwest Las Vegas and someone asked how long I planned on keeping the church in this temporary storefront location.  I couldn’t imagine that we would need to be there for longer than three […]

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Enough Already

October 10, 2016

Meetings can be intolerable.  Whether you work in the corporate world, non-profit world, or church world – this sentiment seems to remain true.  However, there are certain practices that can be adopted into your organization that will transform meetings from time-wasters to game-changers.  One of these practices we hold to in our church staff is […]

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The Idea Talks – Episode 10 – Leadership and Criticism

October 3, 2016

Listen to Audio   Notes and Thoughts All leaders will be criticized! If you thirst for the approval of all and recoil at the slightest reproach – get back in line and don’t attempt to lead. Because when you step out from the pack and attempt to lead – you will be criticized. Here are a few […]

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People Work Over Paper Work

August 15, 2016

There are 10 Core Principles for ministry teamwork that our church staff has adopted. These 10 have helped our staff through our most excited days and challenging setbacks. I’ve already shared the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd principles in previous posts. Here I will share our 4th – which is People Work Over Paper Work. 1. […]

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