3 Qualities of Healthy Programs

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In 1998 I was handed a book, Where Do We Go From Here? written by Dr. Ralph Neighbour, which struck a chord in my heart and caused me to examine my philosophy of ministry and make a radical shift away from traditional church programming by immersing myself in the small group church movement. I have helped several churches transition to successful small group structures that helped connect… Read More »

Are We Addicted to Programs?

As I promised at the end of my post last week, I’m going to do my best to answer the question, Are We Addicted to Programs? I want to begin by saying that I’m not against programs. I’ve started many impactful programs over the years and have managed to kill a few ineffective programs as well. I’ve learned programs take a lot of strength to start and a… Read More »

What’s the Catch?

Imagine with me for a moment that you are living during Jesus’ lifetime.  He is walking through villages, the marketplaces, and on the shores of Galilee offering people whatever they need. You see him coming from a distance! This is your opportunity. It’s going to be a good day! As Jesus approaches, you can hardly wait to ask Him, He is now there standing in front… Read More »

Essentials of an Empowering Leader


I’m currently reading a great book on leadership that has caused me to do some reflection on my life as a leader. One of those areas I’ve reflected on is the concept of empowering others. I think this is an area that trips up even the best of leaders. It’s easy to talk about empowering others, but what is the evidence that others are experiencing empowerment as a direct… Read More »

5 Qualities of Accessible Leaders

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Last week I was able to access some what I call “Big Time” leaders that influence me through their speaking and writing. I would have never thought I had a chance to connect with these leaders, but social media has made all things possible in regards to networking and relationships. At the same time technology has taken away the excuses for leaders to be inaccessible. I wanted… Read More »

The 3 Most Important Decisions I Passed Along


  Following a 2 year intensive at Genesis Discipleship Training Center where my spiritual foundation was laid, I enrolled in my first semester at Santa Rosa Junior College. It was there that I met my English 1A professor, Mr. De La Ossa.  He was a Christian man who challenged me to be vocal about my faith around debatable issues and hot button topics. If I was… Read More »

Giving Prayer Its Place


JC Sacramento is in the midst of what we are calling a Summer of Prayer. I have not experienced anything like last night for quite some time. Over 200 people came out to seek the face of God for our city and region on a Tuesday night. Worship scaled down, lights dimmed, Jesus exalted. The spiritual hunger and thirst is real. People falling on their knees,… Read More »

How I Killed My Sermon Yesterday


Note that I didn’t kill it, knock it out of the park, feel really good about my message yesterday. No, I actually killed my sermon. I murdered my message at the conclusion with a story that went way too long. Even though my message stayed within the 30 minute timeframe I was asked to stay within, because of it’s length the story was not effective…. Read More »