Ep 99: Shawn Lovejoy (Overcoming Being Stuck & Implementing Systems)

In this episode, Jeremy interviews Shawn Lovejoy. Shawn is a former church planter and megachurch pastor (Mountain Lake Church) who now serves as a full-time coach to leaders through his ministry, “Courage to Lead.” Jeremy and Shawn discuss overcoming being stuck and implementing systems. INTERVIEW QUESTIONS For those not familiar with Shawn Lovejoy, what is your background? You coach pastors and other leaders. more »

5 Tips to Improve Sermon Delivery

You can LISTEN to this blog post by scrolling to the bottom of this page or via iTunes.   Recently, I interviewed Jack Graham for the 100th episode of my podcast. It will release on October 2nd, 2017. In the interview, he stated that many church leaders are discussing sermon preparation, but few are highlighting the actual delivery of sermons. more »

4 Signs You’re Drifting Away from God

You can LISTEN to this blog post by scrolling to the bottom of this page or via iTunes.   As this blog focuses on church growth, creativity, leadership, and casting vision, one key thing that is sure to mess up your ability to move forward in these areas is a distant relationship with God. How do you know if you more »

Ep 98: Justin Trapp (Leveraging Your Sermon Content Beyond the Pulpit)

In this episode, Jeremy interviews Justin Trapp. Justin is a pastor and an entrepreneur. Most recently, he began development a new company called “Sermonary.” Jeremy and Justin discuss leveraging your sermon content beyond the pulpit. SPONSORS TrainedUp:  Keeping your volunteer team up-to-speed and developing new leaders is hard. The way you’ve been doing it, empty meetings and unread emails, isn’t working. You need more »

6 Traits to Avoid When Preaching

You can LISTEN to this blog post by scrolling to the bottom of this page or via iTunes.   The calling to preach is a privilege. Every time a called person of God opens up the Book of God to the people of God for the glory of God, it should be done in such a way that gives God more »

4 Approaches Your Church Should Take On Its Facebook Page

You can LISTEN to this blog post by scrolling to the bottom of this page or via iTunes.   Facebook is the gargantuan on the internet that gobbles up attention from people all over the globe. Wherever there is attention, churches need to go there, put a flag in the ground, and charge hard to make a difference. _ Here more »

Six Ideas to Change A Church’s Culture

You can LISTEN to this episode by scrolling to the bottom of this post or via iTunes.   There are three legs on which a church growth strategy is built: the church’s leadership team, culture, and systems. In this post, let’s focus on culture. All six ideas have two key traits interlaced throughout them: excellence and intentionality.   Here are more »

Ep 97: John Welborn (Multicultural Ministry and Post-Christian Church Strategies)

In this episode, Jeremy interviews John Welborn. John is an alumnus of Liberty University and Southeastern Seminary. He currently serves as lead pastor of Salem Church in Staten Island, New York City. Jeremy and John discuss multicultural ministry and post-Christian church strategies. INTERVIEW QUESTIONS For those not familiar with John Welborn, what is your background? Since you pastor in NYC, I’m sure more »

Ratios Your Church Should Possess in Order to Grow

You can LISTEN to this episode by scrolling to the bottom of this post or via iTunes.   These rules of thumb are numbers I’ve heard over the years of ministry as a pastor’s kid, and in 14 years of serving on staff or as a pastor. Keep in mind these are generalized ratios. Every church and community is unique, more »

3 Primary Traits Every Church Leader Should Exhibit

You can LISTEN to this episode by scrolling to the bottom of this post or via iTunes.   As this blog focuses on the four pillars of church growth, leadership, creativity, and vision, my sermon from this past Sunday is abnormally applicable to you—my audience. I preached 1 Timothy 5:17–25 about biblical leadership, and I gleaned three traits that we more »