Succeeding as a Small Church // Pepperdine Audio


I’m so thankful to Pepperdine University Bible Lectures and Mike Cope for the invite to be a small part of this year’s lectures.  If you weren’t able to attend, then you missed out on an incredible gathering of diverse leaders, speakers, and writers unified around a common love for God and others and the place our small tribe can play in the ongoing movement of God’s kingdom.

I spoke to a small group of leaders while there who, like me, want to see good things happen in small church America.

Here is a link to my talk, When Small Churches Make a Big Difference, on iTunes.  You can click HERE to listen.

Succeeding as a Small Church // Pepperdine Notes


5 Principles for Succeeding as a Small Church

I’m a small church kid who works at a small church now.  I’ve worked at medium and large churches, but in this season of life, I’m loving my role at Corners Church, a small church just outside of Atlanta, GA.

I think God loves Small.  Not that he’s opposed to big, but I believe with all my heart that God loves to take that which is small in number and do something incredible.

Think Noah, part of the 8 used to repopulate the earth;  Think Israel, only 70 living in Egypt, became God’s chosen representatives to every other nation.  Think David, overlooked by Samuel, Israel’s greatest of all Kings.

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5 Ways to Get the Most out of the 2015 Pepperdine Lectureships (even if you’re not there)


5 Ways to Get the Most out of the 2015 Pepperdine Lectureships (even if you’re not there)

In just a couple of days, I’ll make my first trip out to the Pepperdine Lectureships.  It’s been on “the list” for a while – and why not? Pepperdine offers it’s attendees just about everything – including scenic views of the Pacific Ocean!  I’m so pumped to be a part of this event and teaching one of the breakout sessions this Wednesday (“When Small Churches Make a Big Difference” AC 280).

Here are a couple of the reasons why I’m excited.  The lineup this year is rather incredible with the likes of Sarah Barton, Josh Ross, Dusty Rush, Terry Rush, Jonathan Storment, Antenor Goncalves and Jeff Walling, as well as a list of featured speakers that includes David Kinnaman, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Scot McKnight as the resident scholar for the week.

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