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Apr 14, 2014
Missiology

Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 3 Reasons You Need Success Stories

Sharing success stories in the second aspect of a church multiplication movement.
Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 3 Reasons You Need Success Stories
Courtesy of BabyBlue Anglican

Everyone loves stories. Stories strike a chord in the heart. They inspire the mind to see and dream. They can even draw others toward action. In order to be successful, a church multiplication movement needs stories that can do all three of those things.

Without action, ...

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Apr 3, 2014
Church Planting

Who Should Fund a Church Plant?

Church planting is vital to the growth of the global church, but who's stuck with the bill?
Who Should Fund a Church Plant?
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When it comes to paying for the new church plant, who should be the one paying the bill?

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While planting a church may originate simply with a vision placed in the heart of a would-be pastor, the logistics of starting a new church require thought and planning if you are ...

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Mar 31, 2014
Missiology

Moving to Missional Part II: Why Structure is Essential

Having a simple structure in your church can aid the development of a missional culture.
Moving to Missional Part II: Why Structure is Essential
Patrick M / flickr

Previously, we talked about the three steps needed to develop a missional culture. But that is not all you need. Culture can be a motivating factor, but if the structure you have in place doesn't affirm and encourage your culture, you may be stuck trying to restart the ...

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Mar 27, 2014

Is Your Worship Music Driven by Complaints or Mission in Context?

The motivation behind having different worship services is key.
Is Your Worship Music Driven by Complaints or Mission in Context?
First Hattiesburg / flickr

Having multiple services with different musical expressions has become the accepted norm for many churches. Signs and websites routinely advertise "contemporary, traditional and blended services." Lask week, at the Momentum Conference in Ohio, I mixed it up a bit ...

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Mar 24, 2014
Missiology

Moving to Missional Part I: 3 Steps To Develop A Culture of Service

Having a missional culture established through instilling it, repeating it, and celebrating it will provoke members to love and good deeds.
Moving to Missional Part I: 3 Steps To Develop A Culture of Service
Lobstertail1980 / flickr

Why is it that churches often get stuck and turn inward, and what can be done to reverse this inwardly-focused approach?

Often times, as a church grows larger (or even just older) it tends to focus on maintaining and servicing what is already there. Internal ministries ...

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Mar 17, 2014
Missiology

Starting, Staffing, and Supporting a Multisite Church

On this week's Monday is for Missiology, we look at how multisite churches get established.
Starting, Staffing, and Supporting a Multisite Church
Amanda Oaks / flickr

I'm a missiologist, which is basically a fancy way of saying I talk to churches about their need to join God on His mission by understanding their context and by being faithful to the mission He has given them. You can read more about what a missiologist is here.

One ...

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Feb 24, 2014
Missiology

Multisite Churches are Here, and Here, and Here to Stay

Multisite churches are no longer just a fad—they are growing in Evangelicalism and beyond.
Multisite Churches are Here, and Here, and Here to Stay
strobe right / flickr

Multisite churches are on the rise. This is not a fad, this is not some sort of temporary trend—multisite churches are here to stay. It's like the megachurch now—just a part of our church landscape—the new normal.

My friends at the Leadership Network ...

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Feb 10, 2014
Missiology

The Church as a Mosaic: Exercises for Cultural Diversity, A Guest Post by Dr. Bob Whitesel

Dr. Bob Whitesel explores what it would look like for the church to be variety of ethnicities and cultures.
The Church as a Mosaic: Exercises for Cultural Diversity, A Guest Post by Dr. Bob Whitesel

A Church of Many Colors (and Multiple Cultures)

Culture

Though the term multiethnic church is often used today, researchers prefer the term "multicultural," because culture is a more accurate way to describe people who share similar behaviors, ideas, fashion, ...

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Jan 27, 2014
Missiology

Monday is for Missiology: Cynicism Doesn't Reach a Lost World

How skywriting evangelism at Disney World challenged me in how I think about evangelism.
Monday is for Missiology: Cynicism Doesn't Reach a Lost World

Walt Disney World specializes in catching your attention—it's a paradise for people with ADD like me. There's something interesting everywhere you look. But the day I visited, there was one thing every person in the resort was certain to notice that wasn't ...

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Jan 17, 2014
Diversity

New Research: Church Diversity Still a Dream, and a Devotional from Christian George

We want our churches to be diverse, but are they?
New Research: Church Diversity Still a Dream, and a Devotional from Christian George

From Racism to Gracism

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Jesus came to earth for the human race. Aren't you glad He didn't come for the angels (Heb. 2:16)? For the plants? And as much as we love our pets, Jesus didn't hang on the cross for the transgressions of Snowball, Fluffy, or Rex the ...

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Jan 13, 2014
Missiology

Ways to Grow Your Group (Part 3): Reaching Neighbors through Group-Sponsored Events

Fun, family-friendly small group community events can go a long way in reaching out to our neighbors.
Ways to Grow Your Group (Part 3): Reaching Neighbors through Group-Sponsored Events

Small groups, done right, are simply communities on mission together. However, this generally works better on paper than it does in real life.

A common struggle of groups comes in participating together as a disciple-making, evangelistic community. I want to explore some ...

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Jan 7, 2014
CPLF

Church Planting in the City and in a Multi-ethnic Context: A Recap of CPLF November 2013

A summary of thoughts from our latest Church Planting Leadership Fellowship meeting
Church Planting in the City and in a Multi-ethnic Context: A Recap of CPLF November 2013

A couple of months ago, in mid-November, LifeWay hosted a number of Evangelical denominational church leaders for a biannual meeting called The Church Planting Leadership Fellowship. In the summer of 2013 to learn from each other regarding African American and Urban Church ...

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Jan 6, 2014
Transformational Groups

Ways to Grow Your Group (Part 2): Seven Ways to Reach out to Your Neighbors

Learn to love your neighbors through your small group.
Ways to Grow Your Group (Part 2): Seven Ways to Reach out to Your Neighbors

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The command to love our neighbors is not just a theoretical concept. It is a choice to take action. It can be strategically planned out with a little forethought to sincerely show them and tell them about the One who loves them infinitely. There are a number of ways you ...

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Dec 9, 2013
Missiology

Two Grids Every Church Pastor/Planter/Missionary Must Use: Missiological Grid

Our theology should serve as the foundation and motivating factor for our missiology.
Two Grids Every Church Pastor/Planter/Missionary Must Use: Missiological Grid
Chris Yarzab / flickr

As I wrote before, no one thinks they are on the extremes theologically-speaking. But, we should all recognize that we can drift away from a biblically-centered viewpoint.

Part of that means that pastors/church planters/missionaries must be grounded in the gospel, viewing ...

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Dec 3, 2013
Multicultural Ministry

Thinking Through the Multicultural Church

Just because your church looks diverse doesn't mean it is diverse.
Thinking Through the Multicultural Church
cityoforlando / flickr

I recently returned from Mosaix' 2nd National Multi-ethnic Church Conference in Long Beach, California I was struck by a few things about the conference that I thought were worth sharing.

Probably the main "news" (as in the newspaper kind of news) out of that ...

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