The Great Omission

The most often quoted, preached and taught verses anywhere in the New Testament may very well be the section of scripture referred to as “The Great Commission.”  Matthew 28:18-20 has been used by thousands of preachers, church and denominational leaders to rally the Christian army to evangelistic fervor.  Besides John 3:16 no passage has been... Continue Reading →

Church Health and Pastoral Tenure Longevity

Without a doubt, one of the greatest needs we have in the American church is to turn around declining churches. In June 2017 Thom Rainer released new data which suggests that 65% of Southern Baptist Churches are either in plateau or decline.  On one hand this is much better than the often used data of... Continue Reading →

Effective Disciple Making: Invite Everyone, Invest in a Few!

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2 Great disciple making movements are not created through large scale invitations to crowds.  Great disciple making movements begin small and grow big.  Effective disciple making doesn’t depend on... Continue Reading →

The Most Overlooked Component of Church Revitalization

A 2010 study by the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary found that only 6.8% of Southern Baptist churches can be considered "healthy churches."  The man who led that study was my doctoral mentor Dr. Bill Day.  The results of that study were considerable because it didn't simply... Continue Reading →

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