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Aug 31, 2015
Church Planting

Finding the Right Church Planting Model Part 6: The Multi-Site/Satellite Model

In our final installment in this series, we look at the attributes, strengths, and weaknesses of the Multi-Site/Satellite model.
Finding the Right Church Planting Model Part 6: The Multi-Site/Satellite Model

In this series on church planting models, I've focused on church planting approaches that create autonomous churches. That's my bias—I prefer planting churches, and starting campuses is not the same as starting churches. There are missiological, theological, ...

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Aug 24, 2015
Church Planting

Finding the Right Church Planting Model Part 5: The Organic House Church Approach

A brief look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Organic House Church approach to church planting
Finding the Right Church Planting Model Part 5: The Organic House Church Approach

Our culture has been obsessed with “organic” in recent years. Organic usually means there is an absence of foreign, unnatural, and/or processed chemicals or elements. In other words, it doesn’t have all the unhealthy additives or chemicals as the regular ...

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Aug 17, 2015
Church Planting

Finding the Right Church Planting Model Part 4: The Missional Incarnational Approach

What do Missional Incarnational church plants look like, and how do they work best?
Finding the Right Church Planting Model Part 4: The Missional Incarnational Approach

When it comes to alternative church-planting models, there are two main ones. In the next two posts I will cover both of them. First, I will cover the Missional Incarnational approach.

Now, some caveats are needed. I think that all churches should be missional. And, I think ...

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Aug 10, 2015
Missiology

Finding the Right Church Planting Model: Launch Big Model (Part 3)

What is the Launch Big church planting model, and why is it so popular? Is it right for you?
Finding the Right Church Planting Model: Launch Big Model (Part 3)

As we look at church planting models, I started with a more traditional model. My hope was that people would first consider what they might have rejected. The second model is probably the most used—the Launch Large Model.

What is the Launch Large Model?

In the Launch ...

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Aug 5, 2015
Contextualization

Contextualize. Don’t Merely Evangelize.

Christians must be willing to pursue contextualization for reasons other than evangelism.
Contextualize. Don’t Merely Evangelize.
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As I waited for my plane, I was stumped by what I was looking at. If Chinese understood the English on the KFC sign, no one would want to eat there. It simply read, “finger lickin’ good.” For anyone who knows Chinese culture, this slogan would be like Colgate ...

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Aug 3, 2015
Missiology

Finding the Right Church Plant Model: The Traditional Model (Part 2)

Which church planting model is right for you? Is it the Traditional Model?
Finding the Right Church Plant Model: The Traditional Model (Part 2)

In the introduction to this series, I listed the five primary models of church planting and outlined some considerations for church planters deciding between them.

The challenge is that too many church planters fall in love with a model of church planting before falling ...

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Jul 28, 2015
Books

20 Truths from Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

You need to check out this new resource from J.D. Greear on how your church can be a Great Commission church.
20 Truths from Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

1. Jesus did not say come and grow, but come and die. (17)

2. We live by losing. We gain by giving away. What we achieve by building our personal platform will never be as great as what God achieves through what we give away in faith. (18)

3. Study after study shows that ...

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Jul 27, 2015
Church Planting

Finding the Right Church Plant Model: An Introduction to Church Models (Part 1)

Which church planting model is best for you? Multiple options exist, and it can be tough to decide.
Finding the Right Church Plant Model: An Introduction to Church Models (Part 1)

We just got another car. Well, truthfully, Donna (my wife) made me get one. To be completely honest, she went and bought it and brought it home and basically said, "You're getting another car."

You see, I hate car buying. I hate picking the right make and ...

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Jul 14, 2015
Missions

Lead Your Church to Be a Sending Church

No matter how small or young your church may be, you can lead your church to be a sending church.
Lead Your Church to Be a Sending Church

June was a good month at our church.

Part of our core values has been sending. We want to move beyond the cliche that sending capacity is more important than seating capacity.

Over the last few years, I’ve has the privilege of leading a Pastoral Apprentice Team. ...

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Jul 10, 2015
Wheaton College

Partnering with Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism

I'm looking forward to working with Wheaton College and the BGCE on important evangelism research and initiatives.
Partnering with Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism
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Yesterday, it was announced that LifeWay Research will be partering with, and I will be the Senior Fellow of, the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.

Wheaton is often called the Harvard of evangelicalism. And, the Billy Graham Center is a denominational ...

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Jun 22, 2015
Missiology

Defining the Church as Evangelicals

Have we become so generous with the definition of “church” that the word has lost meaning?
Defining the Church as Evangelicals
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I think we need to have a conversation about ecclesiology (the theological doctrine relating to the church), because in many evangelical circles there’s not a lot of clarity about what church is and why that matters.

Everyone has their own way of identifying a church. ...

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Jun 17, 2015
Ministry

Am I My City’s Keeper?

Jesus served people he came to save. We should join him in that mission.
Am I My City’s Keeper?
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There is much talk today about “seeking the welfare of the city.” To various people it means different things. As a biblical phrase, it has serious missional connotations. I want to look at what that phrase means to us in the church today, and also tease out what ...

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Jun 15, 2015
Missiology

Can a Failed Church Planter Plant Again?

Is church planter reassessment necessary after failure?
Can a Failed Church Planter Plant Again?
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Failure can be a factor for reassessment of a church planter, but it is not the deciding factor.

I am a big believer in the value of assessment. We have learned much about what works (and doesn’t work) in ministry over the years through vast amounts of research. So ...

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Jun 12, 2015
Denominations

The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN

Membership, baptism, and weekly attendance numbers are down in the largest evangelical denomination, but evangelicalism is a different story.
The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN
Courtesy of the General Sociological Survey

CNN has posted a story I wrote describing the drastic rise of nondenominationalism among those whose religious preference is "Protestant." Here is the chart that tells the story visually, that we describe there verbally.

Using a baseline average from 1972–1976, ...

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Jun 8, 2015
Missiology

Involving Large Church Pastors in Multiplication

Uniting small and large churches around the mission of the denomination is important.
Involving Large Church Pastors in Multiplication
FitimSalimi / Wikipedia

One of the common struggles denominations often face is a difficulty relating to the largest, most innovative, and the most “Antiochish” of their churches. These churches and their leaders are often creative and/or proprietary in their approach to, well, everything, ...

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