Fighting the urge to reinvent the wheel in ministry

By Lee Kemp  Sometimes churches start a ministry that already exists in the community. Other times, a ministry stops working but continues to be the focus of many churches. Why?  Are we competing with other churches? Are we just doing for the sake of doing? People have asked me about Forefront’s ministry, like when our… Continue reading Fighting the urge to reinvent the wheel in ministry

The struggle is real to be authentic

By Lee Kemp  My family just had pictures made, and it made me think of authenticity. You might look at our family photo and think “Aw what a cute family!” but when we took these photos, I was threatening my kids to behave so that they would look nice! We—church planters—care about image just like… Continue reading The struggle is real to be authentic

Between Sundays: why churches fail or succeed

By Lee Kemp  Why is Sunday to Sunday important as a church planter? Well, it’s just like a football team. As a youth pastor, I was fortunate to be around Greenwood High School football, coached by one of the soon-to-be hall-of-famers, Rick Jones. What has made him successful, just like every other leader I’ve observed,… Continue reading Between Sundays: why churches fail or succeed