Dear Friends and Laborers, We enter a new decade deeper in debt to our Lord and Saviour for His unspeakable gifts.  What a blessed year we had serving with you in planting fifteen new churches and helping others introduce a new pastor or restart struggling works.  God has allowed us to work with such a wonderful team of folks and churches. We...

Dear Friend, Beth and I met with the oncologist regarding the malignant tumor which was removed from my lung on December 17. This cancer is definitely from the bladder cancer which started in 1999.  The doctors are very puzzled as to how it got in the lung because the bladder cancer never broke the lining of the bladder.  However, they are...

Dear Praying Friends, Psalm 147:1  “Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” Our family is praising the LORD for His goodness to us. We had a wonderful year in 2009. We had the opportunity of taking part in the planting of four churches in Canada and three...

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2Ti 4:2 “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God”. Act 20:27 As a young preacher I heard a statement concerning preaching that has stayed with me and I have tried to make it a habit of my...

Finding the right location to start a church is extremely important. Assuming that God has led you to start a church, and assuming that your pastor has given you his blessing, you must determine God’s place to start this new church. What factors are involved in locating the “right” place and what constitutes a needy city? Every city in the world...

Some of the early challenges in planting Central Baptist Church still remain vivid in my mind. One of those challenges was grasping the spiritual status of several new converts and properly determining how to help them become mature. The first time I invited members to come to an organized visitation I was pleasantly surprised when several new members attended. However, I...

Why are some churches warm and friendly while others are cold and uninviting? Members of churches must be trained to be friendly, kind and considerate. Of course the character of a church often very closely follows the behavior of the pastor and his wife. If the pastor is exemplifies a friendly attitude, others will learn by observing him. Though the...

The most visible function of a new church is the church service. The first impression of your church service will influence visitors as to whether or not they return. A newcomer’s expectations may vary widely. People often are seeking a church experience that fits their desires. Often their idea of a good church may differ from God’s viewpoint of a...

I speak in many churches each year and get bulletins and newsletters from other churches in which I do not speak.  Many times these churches list the ministries of the church in the bulletins for the church congregation and others to see.  This is a good idea so that members can see ministries in which they can be involved. Some...