Take the Risk: Five Years Ago Today I Wrote My Original Church Planting Proposal


Every entrepreneur will tell you that it takes years to become “an overnight success.”  Behind every thriving start-up is an original dream forged in sacrifices, tears, and empty bottles of Pepto-Bismol. Five years ago today, I put pen to paper and created the first initial proposal (I called it a ‘Strategic Plan’ to make it sound […]

Growing People Change

Sunday Reflex - 09.18.16

If your PAST is affecting your PRESENT, it’s not actually in your PAST. You don’t have to remain stuck; you can make a change!  At Life Church, we believe Growing People Change. Growing People Change was the message we hit home this past Sunday… and people really connected with it! Everyone can relate to David, a man […]

Goosebumps, Tears, Bob Goff, and Annie’s Story

Sunday Reflex - 09.11.16


Today was one of those special days at church that you treasure up and hold onto.  So many goosebumps, so many tears when our Band absolutely nailed this old school hymn: I love my church!  In God’s timing and providence, we have seen a huge influx of new volunteers, artists, and band members, all sold […]

If Your Church is Drifting and Stuck, Should You Try to Change From Within?

How frustrated support staff should navigate in a visionless church

What do you do if you’re a frustrated support staff member of a visionless church?  Do you try to change things from within?  I was asked this very question recently and here is how I answered: Hi Jonathan, I was at the Youth Workers Retreat that you spoke at last weekend, and I had a […]

If You’re Being Criticized – Congrats! – You Are A Leader

"Let the name of George Whitefield perish so long as Christ is exalted."

Close friend to John Wesley and co-leader of the great revival of the 1700’s, George Whitefield had an ability to preach that drew tremendous crowds.  One sermon in London’s Hyde Park was attended by eighty thousand people. Yet as stunning as his success was, equally stunning was the opposition that arose against him.  He wrote […]

Saturday Night Live + How to Fight Your Fear of Rejection

The Secrets All Comedians Harbor


The New York Times had a fantastic article recently that focused on the auditioning process for Saturday Night Live: ‘The God of SNL Will See You Now.’  What I found most striking were the similar fears that comedians and leaders must fight through to get to the next level. “I was sitting there with Lorne’s assistant […]

VIDEO: Chris Farley, Middle East Travels, and Living a Life of Purpose

My message from this past Sunday at Heritage Church


It was a privilege to speak at all five services this past Sunday at Heritage Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan (and via video to their Imlay City Campus). Our family attended Heritage Church for nearly a year in 2011-2012 as we were putting the pieces together for launching Life Church Michigan. I have a deep love […]