Life Church Michigan in the news: Church Security Plans

Mid-Michigan’s NBC & FOX News affiliates recently covered our church’s pro-active security plan roll-out. I am thankful for the positive news coverage — below is their reporting. SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. — Local churches have taken big steps to keep their members safe, following the recent mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. One […]

I am a pastor diagnosed with Depression and ADHD… and it’s a gift to me

I’ve always dealt with mood swings throughout my life.  Some days my brain would be running a million miles a minute, flooded with thoughts and ideas.  Other days I felt like hiding under a thick blanket and binge-watching Netflix, unable to face the world.  I thought what I was experiencing was normal.  It wasn’t. About […]


I’m a big believer in leveraging all media by all means to reach all people for the gospel. There’s just one thing that drives me crazy… Cheesy Christian Media. Let’s be honest: if Christians excel in one area of media, it’s the cheese. We try to clumsily lump theological doctrine into 30 second church ads […]

How to Quickly Reach People Far From God

Making a Holy Shift in Church Leadership

I’m not concerned about being criticized for taking risks to reach people far from God.  I’m concerned about not being criticized. Recently I was invited to teach a breakout session at a conference in Chicago based on my book, Holy Shift.  The topic was so popular among church leaders that we ran out of seats! […]

A Pastor’s Response to the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting

I’ve been in full-time ministry since 2000.  I’m a pastor.  I love my church.  My wife and I have poured everything into starting our church from scratch.  What we witnessed playing out on cable news coverage Sunday afternoon left us horrified.  The Sutherland Springs church shooting shook Amber and I so deeply for two reasons: […]

Always Choose the High Road (There’s Less Traffic)

I was reading a blog by Gordon Hayward, the Boston Celtic who suffered a horrific ankle injury in the opening minutes of his NBA Opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As he shared his thoughts and feelings in the days after the injury and surgery, this quote leaped out at me: And then there was the […]

Start Reaching Out by Selling Out: How D.L. Moody Inspired Us to Give Away Hundreds of Free Star Wars Tickets at Life Church

How to Quickly Reach People Far From God

Two years ago we had a blast at Life Church Michigan giving away hundreds of free movie tickets to a private premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.   Our efforts landed us in Time Magazine, USA Today, and The Washington Times. We had so much fun and saw so many new people give their lives […]

I Boldly Prayed for THIS and was Blown Away By A Bigger Surprise

The church I have the privilege of leading and loving is growing fast.  Exactly three years ago this week, we saw 64 people on a Sunday morning.  Jump ahead to this past Sunday and our crowd is up by 863%!  This is our “new normal” — God is moving incredibly and our team is just […]