The Best Advice Ever (Along With the Rest)

This morning I was doing some reminiscing, and it lead me to thinking about some of the best advice I have ever received.

I was blessed to have an amazing man of God as a youth pastor growing up.
He is a man full of wisdom, humility, and faithfulness; and also lots of useless information. 😉

His name is Mike Montag, and he would be humbled by the previous accolades; and would whisper to me that they aren’t true; which only proves my point (except, or course, when it comes to the useless information, which he would jokingly agree with).

As I graduated high school, I was certain of where I should go, but took a year to finally make the jump and go to college in Pennsylvania.

Upon making the journey to a new land, I received these words of advice from Mike:

Always remain teachable.

Other than “Don’t drink the water in a third-world country,” it’s safe to say that up to this point in my life, of all the advice that I have been given, this has had the greatest impact.

No matter where I’ve been, what I know or think I know, and what I’ve experienced, I have also learned that I don’t know it all. [This was also pointed out to me by another great man of God, the late Rev. Frank Linton.]

Making the choice to remain teachable means that you’re humble and open to learning from whoever, whatever, whenever; and that you haven’t figured it all out. There’s always another angle, or perspective, or piece of information that you haven’t factored in, and as long as I allow myself to be teachable, I will continue to learn, grow, and become more effective in what the Lord has called me to do… oh, and I will also gain that coveted thing called wisdom.

  • Have you ever been given a piece of advice that has greatly impacted your life?
  • Was it a positive or negative impact?
  • Was the individual that gave you the advice doing so with your best interest in mind? (In other words, were they trying to help you or hinder you?)
  • Can you see any long-term affects in your life from the advice?

Thank you, Mike, for giving your all to discipling me. Your efforts have reaped a great harvest in my life, and those fruits have always stayed with me. My life as a follower of Christ, husband, father, and minister are directly connected to what the Lord has done in and through your life. Thank you for remaining teachable, and in return passing the wisdom on to a young, loud, prideful boy that is now beginning to understand (only slightly) the depth of the wisdom passed on.

Still learning…



It’s Not The Best

I’ve heard people that are teaching about church planting say that the most Biblical form of church planting is organic, or house churches. Yet, in the same breath, they follow that statement with something like, “but it doesn’t draw the crowds and produce the numbers that would be associated with a successful church.

Maybe that’s because it’s not as much about drawing crowds as it is about building relationships in which discipleship will take place. Our business models don’t like homegrown, solid relationships if it means that we appear small. After all, this is ‘Merica! Go big or go home!

I think I’ll put all my money on the biblical model, and then let the Lord be the builder of the house.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1 ESV)

Keep your marketing strategies. Keep your growth charts. Keep your business models.
I’ll take the Spirit of the Living God and a passion for souls, and be a part of building the Kingdom of God one relationship at a time!

Going for broke…


  • Are there benefits to marketing and business strategies in churches?
  • Have you ever thought about the growth of the early church outside of the strategies that are encouraged today?
  • Do you draw any connections between modern strategies and struggles in growth?