(from September/October 2019 edition of Outreach Magazine)
The old formulas don't work anymore.
We're losing ground in North America because we're doing ministry out of memory, trying to fit in and please men.
Instead, we need more mavericks to simply listen to God and do what he says.
First-time guests are looking for a reason not to return to church.
People must feel environmentally-secure before they become theologically-aware.
Laughter is universal: It breaks the ice, and it's a wink to your audience that everyone in the room is on the same page.
If you want to reach Gen Z, stop trying to enforce the rules and instead become an outpost of grace.
As our church has grown, our staff team has literally shrunk by 50% due to bad hires and sending out church planters.
Goodbyes always hurt, so laughter and levity heals.
Jesus did promise that leading a growing church will always get harder, not easier.
Do not believe the lie that you've arrived or are entitled. That's the beginning of the downward spiral.
Leaders are learners.
You have got to keep your edge by remaining hungry, humble, and willing to hustle.
Seminary does not prepare you for reaching people far from God; it only shows you how to exegete ancient languages (which is important) and how to maintain a small group (which is antithetical to the Great Commission).
Jonathan Herron, founding pastor of Life Church Michigan with campuses in Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw, Michigan