Latest posts

Q&A: How Do We Accommodate Special Baptisms?

Q: What solution(s) do you suggest when someone with a special need is ready to be baptized? [name withheld to protect the privacy of the baptizee] A: Disclaimer #1: I’m answering this question from the...

Top Ten Quotes: Peak

I’ve long been fascinated by the 10,000 hours rule, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers. In it, he posits that it takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice to become a master of a...

Virtual Elevators, Fake Planks, and Real Faith

A few weeks ago I strapped on a virtual-reality headset for the first time, in an effort to prove that you can teach an old dog new ways of wasting an afternoon. The very first...

We Don’t Talk About Burnout: An Allegory About Church Staff Culture

Janetta Oni is the Creative Director at the Summit Church. If you haven’t seen Encanto yet, then you’ve probably also avoided getting any variant of COVID-19, to which I say, “Where’s your bunker?”  I’m a...

To Call or Not to Call?

We’re ever-so-slowly building a case for the first-time guest follow up process. (You can see the first three parts of this ongoing series here, here, and here.) Today…is an actual phone call really necessary? And...

Get Focus(ed)

Like many of you, I am easily distracted by bright and shiny thi- SQUIRREL! And like many of you, the iDevice is one of the most common offenders. It’s a double-edged sword, because there are...

Your Realist Needs an Enthusiast. (And Vice-Versa.)

Let me start with a small confession: the older I get, the less excitable I am. I don’t necessarily like that. I kind of miss Danny in his 20s, who took on way too much...

Multi-Site: Are You Owning or Resourcing?

For every multi-site church, it seems there’s a slightly different approach to multi-site structure (see a few examples here). In our approach, we have more of a centralized structure. That is, we have a central...

10 Ways Your “Curse of Knowledge” is Impacting Your Guests (part 2)

In a recent post I referenced Chip and Dan Heath’s book Made to Stick, and the term “curse of knowledge” … when we know something, it’s hard to imagine that someone else doesn’t know that...

Top Ten Quotes: A Gentle Answer

I love Pastor Scott Sauls’ take on … well, most things. But none so much as his conviction that Christians can and should be kind, even as we stand for the truth of the gospel....

%d bloggers like this: