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Leading to the Next Level

Leading to the Next Level Growth brings change. Period. That’s true for a big company or a small church, and it’s true for people, families, corporations, and countries. If you want to function well at the next level, reinvention is … Read More

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Mars Hill RICO: Hail Mary Failed – Plaintiffs Agree to Dismiss

Mars Hill RICO: Hail Mary Failed – Plaintiffs Agree to Dismiss I am very thankful that this civil RICO litigation will soon be over as the Plaintiffs have asked the court to dismiss the case since they failed to serve … Read More

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Mars Hill RICO: My Correspondence with Plaintiffs

Mars Hill RICO: My Correspondence with Plaintiffs On February 29th, 2015, I was named in a Civil RICO lawsuit brought by Plaintiffs Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea.  The Plaintiffs filed a 42-page complaint containing false accusations … Read More

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Mars Hill RICO: Never Served

Mars Hill RICO: Never Served Yesterday, my attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case that was pending against me. Even though the Jacobsens and Kildeas (Plaintiffs) and Brian Fahling (Plaintiff’s attorney) filed a 42-page document with the court and … Read More

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Mars Hill RICO: Grieved and Saddened

Civil RICO: Grieved and Saddened I am deeply grieved and saddened along with my friends and former members of Mars Hill at the closing of our church. It was a ministry that grew me into a more godly man, husband, … Read More

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What is an Executive Pastor?

What is an Executive Pastor? Serve Jesus. Serve your church. Serve your lead pastor. This simple job description defines the role of the executive pastor. At Mars Hill, the executive pastor (XP) was the second hire we made for any … Read More

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What Does It Take To Be #2?

Who’s best suited to serve the #1? Someone who has been in that spot before. What makes a great executive pastor? This is a question I have been asked often by church pastors looking for help finding an executive pastor. … Read More

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Opposites Impact: Lead & Executive Pastors

Opposites Impact: Lead & Executive Pastors Lead pastors often have a tough time finding an executive pastor because they tend to look for a version of themselves, but the second-in-charge should never be a clone. Instead, the lead and executive … Read More

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The Second-in-Charge: Are you a Haman or a Joseph?

The Second-in-Charge: Are you a Haman or a Joseph?   Whether you are a COO, a vice president, or an executive pastor, a second-in- charge by definition serves the leader of an organization. More than an executive assistant, the second-in-charge … Read More

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Holy Spirit

5 Ways the Holy Spirit Works

5 Ways the Holy Spirit Works in the Life of a Believer My wife and I have a fun saying between us where we’ll ask the other, “Has your friend said anything to you lately?” I love the Holy Spirit. … Read More

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A Helpful Guide to Cultural Unity (Leadership Culture Part 3)

A Helpful Guide to Cultural Unity Leadership Culture Part 3 (see part 1, part 2) A theology of forgiveness and repentance is put to the test when we have been sinned against. (Prior posts in this series covered the biblical … Read More

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9 Practical Lessons on Repentance & Forgiveness (Leadership Culture Part 2)

9 Practical Lessons on Repentance & Forgiveness Leadership Culture Part 2 (see part 1) I am sure that most of you reading yesterday’s blog on repentance and forgiveness already knew much of what I wrote and explained. You have likely … Read More

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Repentance & Forgiveness of the Leader (Leadership Culture Part 1)

Repentance & Forgiveness of the Leader Leadership Culture Part 1 (see part 2) As I look back at my experience at Mars Hill, one of my largest areas of personal sanctification and theological growth occurred in the area of repentance … Read More

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Your Problems or Your Purpose: Where is your Focus?

Your Problems or Your Purpose: Where is your Focus? In 1997, I started a company that grew from 3 to 380 employees in just a few years. In 2008, I founded another company that grew from 4 people to 500 … Read More

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Influence is More than Access

Influence is More Than Access Access and influence are easily confused but far from synonymous. You don’t need access to a leader in order to influence him or her, and conversely, just because you have access doesn’t mean you’re influential. … Read More

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Mars Hill Global – My Heart, My Mistakes, and My Critics

Mars Hill Global – My Heart, My Mistakes, and My Critics For almost a year now, significant tumult, emotion, and discussion has surrounded Mars Hill Global. Now that some time has passed since Mars Hill Church’s closure, I wanted to … Read More

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When to Quit

When to Quit In the past, I’ve written about leaving well and laying off staff. What about those hard days in ministry when quitting crosses your mind? When will you know that it’s time to step away from vocational ministry? … Read More

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Learning, Growing, & Communicating Under Criticism

Learning, Growing, & Communicating Under Criticism For the past several weeks, I have been planning to discuss the lessons I have learned from events and mistakes at Mars Hill Church on my website. Earlier this week, I wrote three separate … Read More

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How Do You Lovingly Lay Off Church Staff?

How Do You Lovingly Lay Off Church Staff? Every year across the United States, 4,000 churches close their doors. The closing of Mars Hill Church was one of the more public in modern history because it was widely reported across social … Read More

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The Vision of Mars Hill Global #TBT

The Vision of Mars Hill Global #TBT My very first video from Ethiopia was run 21 straight weeks in front of the podcast from December 2012 to May 2013. In this video I say: “Howdy, Mars Hill Church and the … Read More

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Church Governance: Local Elders or Outside Board?

Church Governance: Local Elders or Outside Board? ResultSource Part 3 In my first months on staff at Mars Hill Church, the ResultSource contract was approved even though I had advised my direct supervisor against it. I don’t know who approved … Read More

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Good Decisions Made by the Right People

Good Decisions Made by the Right People ResultSource Part 2 Your church or organization needs the right people in place to make the big, difficult, culture-shifting, church-altering decisions. The Bible details the qualifications of an elder in 1 Timothy 3 … Read More

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How to Follow When You Disagree

How to Follow When You Disagree ResultSource Part 1 Mars Hill Church closed on December 31, 2014 and by the grace of God, several new, independent churches were planted out of it. Romans 8:28 is clear that God uses everything … Read More

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Hearing the Voice of the Spirit

Hearing the Voice of the Spirit The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force, but a real person who guides and speaks to us.  In the past, I have written about the advantage of Jesus departing the earth for heaven and leaving … Read More

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Equipping Pastors | Congo

Equipping Pastors | Congo Five years ago this month, I was invited to go to the Kinshasa, Congo to teach pastors from all over the country about leadership. Starting in 2006, I had the great opportunity to assist pastors in … Read More

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Easter, A Look Back

Easter, A Look Back Celebrating and remembering Passion Week culminating with Easter Sunday is my favorite time of the year. I love it because so many non-christians and de-churched people go to a Christian church service and hear the simple … Read More

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Leaving for the Middle East

Leaving for the Middle East After I got saved in 2005, I had the incredible privilege of being in a biblical discipleship relationship with Pastor Joe Champion. Because of my work schedule I was able to spend ample amounts of … Read More

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How to Leave Well

How to Leave Well Years ago, after a season of dedicated service at Celebration Church in Austin, Texas, I sensed the beginning of the end of my employment. If I had been working in the business world, my game plan … Read More

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3 Vital Variables to Church Growth

3 Vital Variables to Church Growth In your church’s journey to the next level of size and maturity, three factors will fuel or foil your attempts. Every church of every size must evaluate each one of these three variables in … Read More

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An Executive Pastor Calling

An Executive Pastor Calling Sutton Turner spent his first 35 years accumulating everything a man could want: a successful business, a beautiful wife and kids, a golf swing, lots of money, and plenty of free time to enjoy the finer … Read More

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Jesus Wants Business Leaders

Jesus Wants Business Leaders Many of us assume that leaders in the church must have some sort of professional credentials, like formal ordination or a seminary degree. That’s what I thought, anyway. But what does the Bible say? We have … Read More

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Get “Invest” For Free

Get “Invest” For Free In 2013, I had the privilege of writing a book called “Invest: Your Gifts for His Mission.” In it, I share the knowledge that the Lord has graciously given me over the years in business and … Read More

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The Sin of Partiality

The Sin of Partiality The Bible tells us not to give preference or privilege to the rich over the poor, but partiality can go both ways. Rich people need pastors. There is no doubt that the Bible provides special comfort,blessing, … Read More

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Your Ministry Calling is Impossible

Your Ministry Calling is Impossible If Jesus calls you into full-time ministry, it will be difficult. Being called into vocational ministry is not more godly or sacred than being called into a job in the secular world, but there are … Read More

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