Church Planting!

2 Corinthians 10:12-18…We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you. 14 We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. 15 Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand, 16 so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory. 17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Church planting cannot be accomplished because someone has an idea to plant a church! There needs to be the call of God, no question!! There also needs to be the desire to see a place and a people radically changed for Jesus! That desire also has to translate into hard work. It means saying YES to Jesus and in doing so it is also saying NO to many other people and things, and very often even to saying NO to ourselves.

The task of church planting involves forging uncharted territory. It means PIONEERING.

As church planters we pioneer for one reason: To bring glory to Jesus. Our desire is to make His name great and to extend His kingdom.

God doesn’t give cities to churches but rather gives churches to cities to impact them for the King!

I believe there are 3 ways in which this happens:

INFLUENCE-we have influence at every level: spiritual, financial, relational and a confidence that our region places in us as a result of the influence we have had in these other areas.

INCREASE-We see increase, not just numerically, but an increase in our profile within the region we are working.

IMPACT-We impact our cities and leave an impression of who Jesus is.

The local church needs to be at the center of our strategy for church planting.

Here are a few ways we can prepare our churches to develop that culture…


We must be persuaded in our hearts that planting is strategic!! It cannot be for the person who is bored or wants a different challenge in their life.

I believe that world evangelization is a fantasy if we don’t plant churches!!

This takes strategy and thoughtfulness. These come by the way of revelation. We have to hear God, find out what is on His heart and execute it to the best of our ability!


It will slow down our momentum and growth as a local church.

If we are sending our best they are usually the givers of time,treasures & talents and are the most committed people.

If that is the case,when they go it will have an effect on our momentum initially!


We have to ask ourselves often, “Is our togetherness as important as our local church?”

When we can consistently say yes, we have come to the place where we are allowing the people around us to let their gifts make room for them. As that happens there will be some that are called to leave. It is a fact of life and something as church planters we must embrace.

The more we try and deny people their call and hold them back in order to “grow” our local church, we will lose them and many more key, large capacity people.

Let’s keep the focus around Jesus and advancing His kingdom!That will ensure a pure heart motivates our responsibilities.

Remember friends, open handedness is the key to releasing as well as receiving kingdom minded people within our togetherness.


Are we training leaders “FOR” our church or “THROUGH” our church for the world?There is a big difference!

We should always with purpose continue to:




This is the only way we see our pioneers activated and released into the fullness of their call.

5) RECOGNIZE every opportunity

We should constantly be on the lookout for who it is God is calling. Healthy conversations with our elders and the translocal team are needed regularly. Raising up and releasing leaders should be kept before your…




Even within our corporate prayer meetings we should be praying for church plants, current as well as future plants!

6) REALITY in our finances

This is often the most overlooked piece of church planting. It takes money to plant a church, let’s be real! If our personal finances are not in a good place, we are setting ourselves up for a very difficult journey. We don’t need to be independently wealthy by any stretch, but we should live within our means, by faith in order to have the ability to speak into the churches finances as well as our people, with integrity.

7) RELEASING people

Not everyone is called to lead a church plant. There are those that are called to go and be part of plants, help finance, help them get up and running, etc.

Team is helpful when church planting. We are all limited in what we can do alone.

We as local churches need to embrace our biblical responsibility and continue to accept our role in developing a CULTURE of PLANTING & KEEPING it!!

Church Planting Continued

Why church plants Fail…

As I have said before, that not everyone should plant a church I do believe however that everyone should be involved in church planting! While it is the one of the most difficult tasks any of us could be involved in, it is also a huge privilege to be called to shepherd His flock! There are many benefits to planting a church just as there is a price to pay. We can never forget about the price as it holds so many lessons for us to learn as well as keeping us from falling prey to the enemy.

Yes, there is an enemy that would love to see us fail at providing the only plan God has to evangelize this world: Church Planting!!

There are some pitfalls we can avoid when planting churches.

These are some of those pitfalls and why church plants can often fail:


Seeking “Imitation” Rather Than “Revelation”!

As church planters, we should be asking God for direction not just permission! We should want to live and lead out of revelation not observation!!

Our observation is merely an imitation of what we see others doing. We should want to be like Jesus and do what we see our Father in heaven doing!!

2)People “PLEASING”

The Vision will quickly Get Hijacked if we try to Keep Everyone Happy!

Go to God for HIS vision, let Him Speak it in your heart…and then go for it and don’t let anyone talk you out of what God has clearly spoken into you.

One thing is for certain when we try to please everyone, we will end up pleasing no one. The only One we should be concerned about pleasing is Jesus!


We must get People To Commit.

Someone said, “The problem with the modern Church is that we have too many people pretending they are guests when they need to be hosts.”

Everyone has a role and responsibility in the church. By keeping people from fulfilling these in their lives we rob them of their blessing and their opportunities to grow in God!!

4)Being “PASSIVE”& Lacking Courage!

Leadership requires courage.

We are NOT going to be loved by everyone and to face that reality takes courage.

If we lack courage and are back footed then we won’t make it!!


When we church plant there isn’t always a large team around us. However, we have to understand that God has sent the people that surround us. We cannot neglect the gifts God has given them and we cannot cheat them out of opportunities to grow in their capacity.

WE’VE GOT to delegate ministry to others.

WE’VE GOT to listen to the people God intentionally places around US.

WE’VE GOT to admit when the load is too heavy so those who care about US can take things off OUR plate.

Jesus will send the right people along side of us to make sure HIS vision becomes reality.

We are NOT called to do it alone!!!


James 4:2-3 – You do not have because you do not ask God.

3 When you ask, you do not receive; because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures…

Someone said, “One should never initiate anything that he cannot saturate with prayer.”

“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” – Sidlow Baxter

“Prayer is where the action is.” – John Wesley

Someone also said, “Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.”

“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.” – William Cowper


OFTEN Our breakthrough comes in the place of worship!!!


-Every church is large in God’s eyes.

There is no such thing as an insignificant church according to Him!!

-There is no correlation between the size and the strength of a church.

Neither big nor small is better.

…Healthy is better.

…Strong is better.

-Never compare your ministry to anyone else’s.

-Live for an audience of One.

-Never criticize nor envy another ministry.

-Be humble or you’ll stumble.

-Ministry is a marathon not a sprint

-Learn from everyone.

-ALL growth is seasonal.


Let’s focus on the privilege but understand the price so we can thrive as church planters, as sons and daughters of the King and as co-laborers in His Kingdom.

From the very outset of creation God’s intent for man was to multiple and be fruitful! Genesis 12 talks about God blessing all people through people.

Matt 28:18-20, Jesus commissions His disciples with authority to go and make disciples of all nations. Acts 1:8 similarly speaks of Power for purpose in all places!

It has been often said that world evangelization is a fantasy if we are not planting churches!

The only way we are going to disciple the nations is to plant New Testament churches in every village of every town of every city of every nation!

What we need to remember is that church planting is not the primary focus!!

The King and His Kingdom are!

When we focus on planting instead of the Kingdom…

-Mans needs become more important than Gods Devine Glory

-Strategy becomes a result of human observation instead of God inspired revelation

-We shift the focus to growing our church rather than advancing His Kingdom

-Ultimately we sell out of Gods original intent for gimmicks and tricks because church planting is the central focus of everything!

I’m convinced that when church planting is centered, at every level, around our King and His Kingdom and therefore is an, not the only, expression through which His Kingdom comes, we will see cities and nations transformed and Jesus exalted above all!

Church planting is Gods strategy but must be done for Him and with Him. Let’s live His dream!!  

These are TEAM values we must have and invest in to see church planting thrive…


We love and do LIFE with each other.

Part of being in team while church planting is connecting the different areas of our lives. Partnering should come from sharing our lives at every level. The good, the bad and the ugly! We develop relationship and must invest in keeping those relationships healthy.

1 John 4:11…

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”


Honesty…speak the TRUTH in love.

If we are on this journey together, we have to be honest and sharpen each other. That doesn’t mean we have sharp tongues, but we love and care for one another in such a way that we can be truthful without being offensive. We all have blind spots we cannot see. That’s why they call them blind spots!! Again, our desire is to love each other through to redemption.

Proverbs 27:17

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”


We WORK together, each one pulling their perspective weight.

We all have our roles and responsibilities. We cannot sit in judgment over what one person does over another. Our call and gifting are all different but our effort should be equal.

Ephesians 4:16…

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as EACH PART does ITS WORK.”


We PROTECT each other.

The only thing we have in ministry is our reputation. Someone said that it is harder work repairing your reputation than it is maintaining it. We all should care what people think about how we represent our lives, our families but most important our King!

1 Peter 5:5

…clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”


We HONOR Him with what we have.

If we have the mindset that what we have is ours, we will never give. If we keep the attitude that what we have has been given to us by our Lord, we will be open handed with the very best we have. This includes money but more importantly and valuable is our time and energy. Let’s keep giving how Jesus gave.

Colossians 3:17…

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”


Execute…we walk out what we say.

We have to be people of our word! If we say we will do something we must do it, to the best of our ability. If we say we will be somewhere at a specific time, be there earlier than what you said. People don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Our response shows how we care and the value we put on people.

Matt 5:37 – All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Our yes being yes!!!



Church planting is costly at every level: financial, physical, emotional and mental. We have to be willing to pay the price! There is no reward for those who don’t finish. Let me be honest, I want the reward! However, I know what God has asked of me and I have to be willing to pay the price as we all do. Each of us has our own price to pay! I can’t pay yours and you cannot pay mine!

Church planting is not for the weak hearted. It will test every idea we have about the Kingdom, our security in Jesus, who we think we are, our faith and our abilities. As long as we continue to abide in Him and trust Him for all of those things and pay our price, we will see the reward!

Colossians 3:23…

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…”

Church Planting, Part 4

When we are church planting, there are some things we should always keep in mind. God calls & chooses and everything we do should always…

Begin with God

Be bigger than us

Be about eternity

Bless and include others

Be in His timing

Bring Him glory

While God calls and chooses there are some things that we can recognize to confirm the call. This is in no way to restrict anyone nor is it an exhaustive list but I believe these are some signs of who should plant.

“WHO” plants??


As we look for church planters, we should be looking at those who have had a measure of success already. While we don’t measure success through the eyes of the world, we do need fruitful people to go and bear fruit when they plant!

Think of it this way: If we aren’t able to do it in the safe country, we won’t do it out on our own!


Exercise authority righteously!
Proverbs 29:2…when the righteous thrive the people rejoice, when the wicked rule the people groan

We often release guys because they don’t know how to follow. However, bad followers make bad leaders!! We need to have church leaders who have a track record of following well. If they have followed well then they will release leaders who also follow well. It is God’s principle of seedtime and harvest: we reap what we sow.

3) STRONG in the Lord

God is looking for planters who are strong in the Lord and not in themselves! They have to be able to keep encouraged and full of faith! Digging our own wells and ministering out of the overflow of those wells does that!

4) SUCCESS Orientated

What this should look like is that our outlook and language is positive! We have to believe that God wants all of us to succeed! If we aren’t convinced we will never convince others!


Personal integrity is essential for a planter!

We need to know how to conduct ourselves in Gods household. If we lack integrity we hinder our ability to hear the voice of God effectively and clearly. Hearing God is crucial to church planters/leaders. If we are going to lead His people into all He has, we need to be sensitive to His voice.

1 Timothy 3:15 – if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.


Consistency is key for all planters! In order to lead people with big capacity we have to be well balanced!
We cannot be extreme or excessive if we are going to lead a diverse people into a great future!
When God emphasizes certain things in a season/church/region, it is not at the expense of all other truth! This is why we do not plant out of reaction but rather revelation and then God can bless it!

7) SERVE in/on team

As a church planter we have to know how to work in team! Having and fostering healthy relationships is key for all planters! We must have sensitivity to others and to what they feel. This becomes very helpful for planting! As we lead God’s people we have to be strong and decisive but not rude!! This is why being on a team is extremely important.


If we are truly surrendered we will remain teachable and flexible! This is the biggest lesson I’m learning in our plant! If we cannot stay flexible, we will never be fruitful in church planting! We cannot think that we know everything. The only way to learn from people is to be teachable! Believe me, when you plant you are going to learn a lot!


We must be settled in who we are and what we are called to do! Once this is settled we can open our hands to release people who have bigger capacity and greater anointing than us! Insecure leaders develop leaders that are never free to be themselves and eventually become bitter and unhelpful.

10) SELF-disciplined

Self-discipline must be in place! Being disciplined in prayer and the study of the Word have to be settled. Remember, the things we expect of the people we are leading we need to also be doing!

As I said earlier, this is not an exhaustive list but something we can use as we set out to plant healthy, sustainable New Testament churches. God is never looking for perfection but a heart after His own.

Church Planting, Part 2

Someone once said, “Teamwork makes the dream work! When talking about church planting, we have to work together as a team. No one person can carry the weight and responsibilities of planting on their own. Team is how God intended us to fulfill the mandate of the church. Everyone should have their role and responsibility within the body.

Here are some ideas on how to make team work:

1) Being “CONNECTED”





Here are some questions we have to ask ourselves as we fight to stay connected:

1. Knowing who we do this for?  Jesus has to be the common denominator.

2. Who we do this with. Again, we are doing this with and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

3. Why we do this? If we are doing this for each other, we will eventually kill each other through our words or hurtful actions. We have to know that we are doing this all for Jesus!

As we keep our focus on Jesus, why we do what we do helps people to get on board and buy into what we He is doing!!

2) Usisng our “CREATIVITY”

Ephesians 3:10 “so that through the church the wisdom of God in it’s rich variety might be made known”

– Diversity in gifts

– Expressive in our individuality and togetherness

– Bigness. We have to stay big in our endeavors. Once we shrink our way of thinking we are reacting to our circumstances rather than responding to what God has said.

– Organic. Keeping our attention on what is growing and being willing to end anything that doesn’t show signs of life.

– Flexible. The Lord doesn’t always move the way we want Him to move and we have to be willing to allow for the different expressions of the Holy Spirit to make His way into our meetings.

– Bold. Go BIG! Don’t hold back and allow our insecurities to hinder the work of the Spirit. We have a big task and it is going to take bold people to accomplish it!

We don’t want to make a splash but have an IMPACT in our regions!!


– Leading & living with a radical edge! Hearing God and acting on what we have heard.

We have to stand on the written word and we have to be in His presence to hear His spoken word! When we are armed with what He has said, we can stand firm in whatever circumstances come our way!


– We cannot preach a radical message and live a conservative life!! We have to be strong and courageous in the face of a world that is constantly discouraging and opposing every value we are fighting for.

Living on the edge is not a choice of a church planter but an obligation!


When we get together we should be ‘unquietely’ optimistic in those things we believe in and have faith for! This kind of encouragement is contagious and infects those around us. It is how we create a culture of encouragement. We all need to be encouraged just as we all need to be encouragers!

6)”CELEBRATE” One thing I have grown to appreciate about Ameircan Football is that after a great play the player/players will celebrate. They may not have won the game at that moment they are celebrating but they relish the moment that they beat their opponent in that situation. This is something of what the church should look like, celebrating each and every victory. I believe we should honor and encourages each other publicly and privately as we acknowledge what God has done at that moment!! Again, we get to develop a culture of praise & should fight to keep it!!

Look for part 3 next week…

Church Planting, Part 1

As I read through Acts, I understand that our call is to make disciples of all the nations. Preparing the bride, participating in discipling the nations, producing leaders, promoting the priesthood of all believers and also planting New Testament churches.

I am convinced, through scripture, that church planting is the only viable way to win this world effectively for Jesus!

Without the planting of New Testament churches in every nation, tribe and city we would be living an empty dream of bringing redemption to this world.

If we truly believe what the Word of God says about reaching the lost and making disciples we understand that there must be a giving, a going and yes, sometimes a grieving as we endeavor to answer the call of God for our neighbors and nations.

Not everyone is called to church plant, but many of us are called to be a part of a church plant. There are reasons why we should be involved in planting. There are ways, as a team we make church planting work better. There are also enemies we should be aware of and avoid when planting.

Over the next few weeks in my blog, I want to share some of the ways we can be effective when it comes to church planting.

First, Some reasons to church plant:


If you want to see Jesus do something new and you’re sick of the status quo

– Church planting is about advancing HIs kingdom! Church planting is not for those of us with weak resolves. It takes everything we have: spiritually, mentally, emotionally and financially. If we don’t have the faith and are not willing to give everything we have toward planting, even those that aren’t leading, we will become disappointed, disgruntled and die!

– We have to be willing to give what we have to see the kingdom advanced. We all have something to offer.

2)A Larger FOCUS

If you dream about something bigger than you

– We will always be challenged to go bigger in God. It is the nature of who He is that calls us to more. Church planting should always force us to look to Him for answers. Without fresh revelation from God we are living on yesterdays stale observation as we presume what the Spirit is saying instead of constantly being in His presence to grow and our influence in our region.

3)An Eternal FUTURE

If you feel a responsibility to see people who don’t know Jesus come to know Him and believe that church planting is the key way

– Every church plant needs gatherers. However, we cannot gather people to nothing. We need to gather people for the specific purpose of introducing them to Jesus! We have to be intentional about winning the lost and discipling the nations.

4)An Opportunity to sow FINANCES & resources

If you want to give your time, money, talents and energy to see a mission succeed

– Our revelation of Christ determines our mission, which determines who we are and how we respond as the church. Nothing says what we believe more than where we deposit our greatest resources.

5)A FAITHFULNESS with shared vision

If you want to fully support the mission, doctrine, leaders and ministry

– Being a part of a team is one of the most fulfilling ways we can serve. We can all serve as individuals and have an impact but how much more influence could we have when we work together to complete the call God has placed on us as a church?

6)A FAITH That will be stretched

If you want your faith to grow and you want God to fundamentally mess with your life and make your life different

– Nothing will cause your faith to be expanded more than church planting. You have to believe for everything from people showing up to finances to favor with and within the city. We all have our preconceived ideas about how God should handle each situation and the truth is that His ways are not our ways. How I thought the church I planted plant would happen is not in any way the way it did happen. We have to be willing to let God mess with our ideas to allow His plans and purposes to evolve.

7)A FONDNESS for a place

If you want to love your city

– We have to love the place we are called to. Not just the place but also the people in the place. God is not looking on a map to determine where His presence and power have boundaries. He is looking for a people that are willing to preach Jesus and make His name great in that place.


If you want to watch God move in ways you’ve never imagined and you want adventure in all its discomfort

– Again, church planting is not easy but it is exciting. To go to a place and watch God make something out of nothing is amazing! To see God heal and bring revelation to the saved and unsaved is something we should never tire of. To see Him unveil a future for a place we may have never visited or heard of except that He called us. Only in Him!

9)A real FIGHT of Purpose

If you want to enter a fight/battle for the kingdom

– Matthew 11:12 says, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”

We need men and women who are called by God and willing to engage in the only fight that will ever matter in the kingdom!

10)A Worthwhile FOUNDATION

You bank your life on Matthew 16:18 – And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

This is the only thing Jesus is building: His church! How could we not engage and take a role and responsibility in this?

Embracing Enlargement, Part 3

Let us remember that it is God who wants to enlarge us. He wants to enlarge us for His purposes. The Lord has a plan of keeping breaking us out of our confined spaces, to allow for the bigness of who He is to impact, increase and influence our world!

Culture cannot and should not determine our ability to see the plans that God has. Our churches cannot and should not be held back from experiencing the full capacity of the kingdom. Our comfort levels cannot and should not keep us from living lives that expand beyond our dreams and imaginations.

The world we live in needs a church that can believe that God is bigger than the circumstances it faces. A church that is bold enough to ask for and embrace its territory being enlarged.

These are more ideas on embracing enlargement:


Jeremiah 17:5-8

This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Celebrate the little victories


  • “WORD”

Have a theology that ALLOWS for hardship!!

Not allowing our circumstances to determine our theology but our theology to determine our circumstances!!

Live by REVELATION & not just by OBSERVATION!!


Is 11:2…

“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him–

-The Spirit of WISDOM and


-The Spirit of COUNSEL and


-The Spirit of KNOWLEDGE and

-Of the FEAR of THE LORD–

-And he will delight in the fear of the Lord.”

EXPERIENCE is not necessarily wisdom from heaven!!

  • “WALK” Power


STAYING the course


Galatians 6:9…Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

7)”CONTACT” (Influence)

Matthew 5:13

13 “You ARE the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

Salt is useless if it’s still in the shaker!!


…A desire for Him

…Desire for the things of God

Phil 3:10…

“I want to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, …becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Paul’s desire to know Christ more fully had at least 4 facets:

-A “PERSONAL” experience: “that I may know Him”

-A “POWERFUL” experience: “and the power of His resurrection

-A “PAINFUL” experience: “and the fellowship of His suffering”

-A “PRACTICAL” experience: “becoming like Him in His death”


COMPASSION will cure more sins than CONDEMNATION!!

10) “COPE”


Someone said, ‘To AVOID criticism…do nothing, say nothing and be nothing of great’. significance!!


CALL (motives/methods)


CONNECT with the HS


CUT off excess



Can we be trusted with Success??

Are we faithful with the little??

Embracing Enlargement, Part 2

Let us not forget that God is limitless. In His ability to see the bigger picture we have to rely on what He sees and says for our future in Him.

I believe in order to see what He sees that we need a larger revelation of who God is.

In our own lives has God become too small?

If we believe that God needs to become bigger than we have to realize that we cannot be self-sufficient! We cannot even be self-conscious if God is to become bigger in our lives!

We can become so familiar with our circumstances, finances and or situations that we can develop a self-sufficient lifestyle!

If God is to become bigger than we cannot be self-reliant.

Someone said, “if God be your partner, make your plans large”.

We didn’t chose to be located geographically where we are. Acts 17:26 says that God has determined the time and place where we should live. If that is the truth, and I believe it is because the word of God says it is, then God has planned where we live for you and I to carry out His plan.

If God placed us here than we have to say, “God I am partnering with you to carry out Your plan”.

His plan is always larger than our own plan!

We read in 1 Chronicles 4:9 – 10 that Jabez caught a revelation of God’s plan. Not that his name be changed but that he be blessed and his territory would be enlarged.

I know there is a lot of preaching about being blessed in regards to this text, however, this isn’t about consumerism or me being blessed. I believe it has a lot to do with God enlarging our territory, personally and jointly as the church.

I believe God wants to work in us and with us so we can go from where we are and have God work through us.

The kingdom is about:




God wants to “INCREASE” our…


He is continually enlarging us for our future!!

…Upwards &onwards!!



…FORGIVENESS …walking in It & walking it out!!


Why we do what we do?


We have to learn to live with distractions without becoming distracted!!

Proverbs 16:2-3..

All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

3)”CLARITY” – Vision

Vision gives us..



• PRIORITY (road map)


Vision brings


Proverbs 29:18..Where there is no vision the people perish

NIV…Where there is no revelation the people cast of restraint

MSG…When people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves but when they attend to what He REVEALS they are most blessed

WITHOUT vision..

…Individuals will perish.

…Communities will perish.

…Churches will perish.

…Societies will perish.

…Lost souls will perish.

…The sick & the elderly will perish.

…The incarcerated will perish.

…We as a people will surely perish.

John Maxwell defines vision in a 3-fold manner;

The ABILTY to…




* – We Need Vision to Lead Us into Divine Purpose.

…Pray for His vision.

…Pursue His vision.

…Ponder His vision.

* – We Need Vision to Empower Our Inward Man.

The logos & the rhema word.

The logos is the revealed word of God.

The rhema is the spoken word of God.

The rhema word is the Holy Spirit quickening the logos & transferring it into our hearts.

The lifeline of vision is God’s word.

…Search the scripture,Sift through the scriptures.Share the scriptures.

* – We Need Vision to Keep Us Connected to Each Other.

Vision will place the church on one accord.

* – We Need Vision as a Trampoline for Change.

Vision will catapult us beyond the blockades of life.

…Evaluate our present condition.

…Enforce the need for change.

…Energize our efforts.

* – We Need to Know What Our Vision Encompasses.

We must have a vision of God’s liberating power alive in our church.

Don’t let DETAILS determine/DESTROY dream!!

Embracing Enlargement, Part 1

As I read Scripture I am convinced more and more that God wants to enlarge us. God wants us to see Him more as who He is than what the culture demands we see. He wants us to see Him more than what our churches portray. We are here to serve the purposes of God.

The enemy would rather we look at our circumstances and believe that where we are and what we have is enough; that we have reached our limit! He would have us believe for the little things and to become distracted by them so we miss out on the bigness of God.

God has no limits; He is limitless. We are the ones that can limit Him based on what we believe rather than what He has said. What God has said and is saying is that we are to be enlarged!

Enlargement can be painful. As we are stretched and pulled beyond our comfort levels, it can hurt. However, God’s goal is to bring us to maturity. So, as we embrace enlargement we embrace the maturity process.

Too often we want to fight that process, mainly because what we see is not what He sees. He is God in Heaven, with a heavenly perspective that allows Him to see the bigger picture.

As I look at Scripture I am convinced that God’s plan for our lives demands we embrace enlargement.

In Ephesians 3: 20 – 21, Paul brings us back to the bigness of God:

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen

I know some of you, like me, dream big and ask big! I am often amazed by some of you who are creative and the imaginations you have. However, this portion of Scripture, Paul is saying, “to Him who is able to do MORE than what we imagine”! God wants to do more!! This isn’t hyper-faith! It is God wanting to take the shackles off of our thinking and Him wanting us to live above the spiritual poverty line!!

I don’t ever want to restrict God to what I am comfortable with! We have something bigger and better to walk into in this season.

Here are some ideas on how we can begin to embrace enlargement:

Ephesians 1:15-23

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people,

16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of WISDOM and REVELATION, so that YOU may KNOW HIM better.


18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that YOU may KNOW the HOPE to which he has CALLED you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

*”PURPOSE” (call)

19 and HIS incomparably great POWER FOR US who BELIEVE. That POWER is the SAME as the mighty strength

20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.


22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed HIM to be HEAD over EVERYTHING FOR the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.


Ephesians 3:14-21

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.


21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

We have to be about God’s …



What’s important to Him


Focusing on the bigness of Him


What does He see???

Healthy Church, Part 3

This is the last part on the ingredients that make a healthy church.  As we look to building and being healthy churches we must understand that when we abandon doctrine & truth & we deny the authority of Scriptures, we don’t get a liberal Christianity; we get a whole new religion.  A religion that is perverted by man & that ultimately attacks the preeminence of Christ and the authority of the very Godhead!

The Word of God must be foundational for our lives and serve as the grid through which we see everything else.

We need to settle in a biblical model before a cultural model.

These are the last ingredients of a healthy church…

7)”PRINCIPLES”- is Centered on God’s Word”

We live in a world that is…

#-“DECEPTIVE”… People need to hear the truth

Ps 119:43; Eph 1:13-14; 2 Tim 2:5

#-“DEMANDING”…Word of grace

Acts 20:32 …the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

#-“DEFILED”…Word of Righteousness

HEB 5:13; 2 Tim 3:16;Rm 8:24

#-“DIVISIVE”…Word of Reconciliation 2 COR 5:19

8)”PRIESTHOOD” – A Meaningful Membership”

Someone has quoted that The Church today is OVER-PROGRAMMED and UNDER-DISCIPLED!!!

Acts 2:42 – 47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

They carried responsibility together

Let our vision be..All of Gods heart,through all of the gifts,ministering to all of the needs,through all of Gods people

9)”PRAYER” – is a “Priority”

Prayer is NOT a law or a duty; it is a necessity if we are aware we are in a battle!!

Someone has said about prayer that there are 4 things let us ever keep in mind:

God hears prayer,

God heeds prayer,

God answers prayer, and

God delivers by prayer.”


Acts 12 … but the church was earnestly praying!

In most of the church today, prayer has become the “UGLY STEPCHILD”.

Too many don’t place as high a priority on prayer as they place on other things.

Churches are …



…BETTER EDUCATED than they have ever been…

Yet, at the same time, the church seems WEAKER than she has been.

The reason?

Christians simply do not pray as they should!

As someone has well stated..With all our modern advances, a little “KNEEOLOGY” would do a lot more good than a lot of “THEOLOGY”!



Psalms 84:5-7

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,

they make it a place of springs;

the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

7 They go from strength to strength,

till each appears before God in Zion.

A “Healthy” church is one that GROWS…






# – “BIGGER” thru VISION



#- There is NO CORRELATION between the SIZE and STRENGTH of a church.

Neither BIG nor SMALL is better.




# – We are GOING to HAVE to CONTINUE to take HUGE steps of FAITH to see the DREAM God has PLACED INSIDE of us BECOME a REALITY…

# – We are GOING to have to be WAY more PASSIONATE about WHAT we are FOR rather than WHAT we are AGAINST…

# – We are GOING to have to CHOOSE whether or not we want to PLEASE INSIDERS or REACH OUTSIDERS…we CANNOT do both…

# – We are going to be TEMPTED to COPY the SUCCESS we SEE in other CHURCHES

Stay true to what He has called you to be and do?

Ask yourself ..

– What kind of church will take to reach the people you are called to reach?

– What kind of leadership will it take to lead a church that will reach those people?

– Are you that church?

– Are you that kind of leader ?