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Aug 23, 2016
pastors, leadership

The Pressure Of The Pastorate

In order to truly flourish, pastors need authentic and safe friendships.
The Pressure Of The Pastorate

Wow. I spoke with another friend and megachurch pastor who was removed from his church last month. As a leadership coach and pastor to pastors, it breaks my heart and causes me to lose sleep every time. What happened? Nothing really. Life. The gravitational pull. Pressure. Pride. ...

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Aug 2, 2016
church planting, missional, missions, evangelism

Developing a Missional Response to Seismic Shifts in the Church

It’s time to stop holding on to yesteryear and start looking for ways to introduce Jesus to our dark world.
Developing a Missional Response to Seismic Shifts in the Church

There have been two seismic shifts in the church and culture in the English-speaking Western world over the past few decades. The first shift is predominantly a good one, while the second shift has mixed reactions.

Seismic Shift #1: An Increased Focus on Church Planting

Recently, ...

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Jul 25, 2016
Church Planting

Don’t Be the Bottleneck

Effective lead pastors must learn how to lead larger.
Don’t Be the Bottleneck

I love helping churches uncover growth opportunities! And oftentimes, while leading churches through this strategic process, I uncover something else. A bottleneck! The dictionary defines a bottleneck as a point of congestion or blockage. As the lead pastor, you must continually ...

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Jul 20, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

Third Places are the new multi-purpose building.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

At one point in the church growth era, there was a trend in constructing multipurpose buildings. For the most part these could be used for a variety of purposes—an auditorium, gymnasium, or fellowship hall.

Later, the space was used in attempts to reach the community during ...

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Jul 15, 2016
Church Planting

Justice and Church Planting: August CPLF Gathering

Join us at the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship
Justice and Church Planting: August CPLF Gathering

For the past few years we have hosted a gathering of denomination and network church planting leaders from across North America to consider process and practices of church planting. We call this group the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship. This is a peer group, specifically ...

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Jul 13, 2016
Church Planting

Two Statistics Every Church Planter Needs to Know

You can’t plant a church without partners.
Two Statistics Every Church Planter Needs to Know

You can’t plant a church without partners and you can’t grow a healthy church without evangelism. But those will look different for different planters in different contexts.

It has become fairly common to send a large (30+) group of people somewhere to plant a church. ...

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Jul 12, 2016
Leadership

Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer's wisdom on leadership endures.
Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Does your church have an intentional development plan to disciple and deploy believers to live out the Great Commission? Are you providing strategic pathways and opportunities for your congregation to participate in church planting so that they can be a part of the Kingdom of ...

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Jun 27, 2016
Church Planting

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Church)

Birthing a new church is not without pain.

A mother church experiences stress when birthing. The pains are physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial. Starting a new church sounds exciting, but a church needs to prepare for this birth in the some similar ways that a mother prepares for a new baby.

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Jun 23, 2016
Denominations

The Future of the SBC—Is Not White

Southern Baptists will not both grow and remain a majority white denomination.
The Future of the SBC—Is Not White
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One of the highlights of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting was the panel on racial reconciliation. Then-president Ronnie Floyd convened a stellar line-up of pastors and leaders—White, Black, Asian, Latino—to discuss some of the issues that ...

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Jun 10, 2016
Church Planting

More Church Planting—Not Less—Is Needed

Here are 5 realities for more effective church planting efforts.
More Church Planting—Not Less—Is Needed

Among the best ways for us to reach people with the gospel is personal evangelism and church planting. Even with all the changes in culture this remains our best option for reaching unbelievers.

Church planting efforts need focus. A scattershot approach will not be the most effective. ...

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May 2, 2016
Mission

Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Understanding culture is crucial to a church's effectiveness.
Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Missiological Quest and Cultural Question

In each era and each cultural environment, the church defines its missiological quest in culture.

Now, that does not mean that eveything is on the table. There are marks of a biblical church that matter in every cultural setting. However, ...

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Apr 29, 2016
Church Planting

Dear Church Planter, I Believe in You

Church planting is a key to advancing the kingdom of God.
Dear Church Planter, I Believe in You

My first pastoral role was starting a church. My first book was on church planting. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the subject. My first seminary job was teaching church planting.

Some might say I’m obsessed. But I will say I am convinced. I am convinced that church planting ...

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Apr 25, 2016
Church Planting

5 Future Trends of Church Planting

Church planting trends for now and the future

Thom Rainer has stated, “Trend prediction is both an art and a science.” The science is the data and the art is the practice. And by putting the two together we can see current trends and predict future movement.

With culture seemingly changing at the speed of light, ...

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Mar 28, 2016
Church Planting

The Most Important Role of Denominations in Church Planting

How to focus on church planting from the national level
The Most Important Role of Denominations in Church Planting

Everyone around me knows my passion for church planting. I've lectured on it, speak about it at conferences, help provide resources to church planters through Newchurches.com, written books about it, and write about it regularly on The Exchange.

In the last few weeks alone ...

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Mar 22, 2016
Church

Two Most Important Elements of Preaching

Pastors cannot lack these two things: passion and authority
Two Most Important Elements of Preaching
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When Jesus came along two thousand years ago not all of His teaching was brand new. His message of repentance had already been preached by prophets for centuries. His teachings about loving God and loving people, the Great Commandment as we call it, was not a new teaching. You ...

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