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May 7, 2015
Thinkers

Church Planting, Thermometers, and Thermostats

Are you merely taking the temperature of the world around you, or are you actually doing something about it?
Church Planting, Thermometers, and Thermostats

Isn’t it easier to point out the wrongdoings of others and tell people what to do, rather than be a part of the solution?

My wife and I have noticed this in our children—they love playing the victim. So whenever there’s conflict, instead of figuring it out ...

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Apr 27, 2015
Missiology

How Do I Know if God Wants Me to Plant a Church?

Discerning the call of God to plant a church can be tough.
How Do I Know if God Wants Me to Plant a Church?
Wikipedia

“How do I know the Lord wants me to go here?” is a common question I get from young church planters trying to decide about a planting a church. The answer to that question is of utmost importance.

A Church Planter is Called to a People and a Place

People have ...

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Apr 20, 2015
Church Planting

Church Plant Funding: How Does It Work?

Raising funds is a vital part of planting churches. How have people done it? What works?
Church Plant Funding: How Does It Work?

Church planters must thoughtfully consider the strategies for funding their new church. Outside of biblical qualification and calling, this is one of the most important contributing factors leading to a viable church plant in the most predominant model of vocational church ...

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Apr 14, 2015
Church

Christ Builds His Church, We Make Disciples

Pray that God will build his church, then roll up your sleeves and join in.
Christ Builds His Church, We Make Disciples
John Vachon / Wikipedia

When John Piper was pastor, Bethlehem hosted a church-planting conference with Global Church Advancement. I was on deck to speak next as Piper talked about church planting on video.

He said church planters shouldn’t listen to experts on how to plant the church. He ...

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Apr 9, 2015
Thinkers

Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, and The Future of Training Church Planters

What if there was a more effective way to train church planters?
Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, and The Future of Training Church Planters

What if there was a more effective way to train church planters? A way that focused on developing competencies and skills rather than the memorization of steps?

Every church planting program falls somewhere along this spectrum between a heavy emphasis on the classroom or field ...

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Mar 14, 2015
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Send No. America Conf. 2015

Join me and others at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in August for the Send North America Conference.
Saturday is for Seminars: Send No. America Conf. 2015
kyle simourd / flickr

Many pastors and leaders will be gathering for two days of worship and focus on mission, Aug. 3-4 in Nashville, Tenn., and I am excited to be a part. I'm encouraged to see so many gathering with a focus of planting churches and living on mission.

I am speaking at this ...

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Mar 12, 2015
Thinkers

4 Church Planting Tips with Lesslie Newbigin

Helpful thoughts on church planting from Lesslie Newbigin via Daniel Im.
4 Church Planting Tips with Lesslie Newbigin

Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), while being best known for his work in missiology and ecclesiology, actually has a lot of advice for church planters. In fact, each of them is an extension of his quote in the picture above, or of my paraphrase below:

The church – a ...
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Jan 30, 2015
Church Planting

5 Places to Find Your Next Church Planter

Searching for church planters, but aren't sure of the best places to look? Here are a few.
5 Places to Find Your Next Church Planter
Steve Evans / Wikipedia

A ChurchPlanterDepot where you could find in one place the right people for a church planting project would be nice. But alas, there is no such place. And honestly, it is probably good that we have to search for such leaders.

Actually, I think that church planters were ...

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Jan 28, 2015
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: Frontline Church Planting/Vanguard Church

Sacrificial church planting requires partnership and a willing to give for the sake of growth.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: Frontline Church Planting/Vanguard Church

In the past 10 years, Frontline/Vanguard Church has planted 16 churches in North America and 5 internationally, for a total of 21 churches.

The strategy of Frontline Church Planting/Vanguard Church is to partner with other churches in the planting process. They have partnered ...

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Dec 12, 2014
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: EastLake Community Church

EastLake Community Church sacrificially gives money, leadership, and members to its church planting initiative.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: EastLake Community Church

EastLake Community Church was planted in 2006, and has planted six churches over the past eight years. They are about to send out a seventh church to Toronto, Ontario. This will be their sixth North American church plant, and they have one international plant.

Their church ...

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Nov 4, 2014
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: New Life Community Church

Sacrificial church planting and leadership development are characteristics of a church on mission.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: New Life Community Church

New Life Community Church has planted 21 locations since 2004; one of these is international. (The term locations is used because each church takes the New Life name but has its own pastor who preaches—no video venues. However, they coordinate sermon series among the ...

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Oct 2, 2014
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: Hope Church

Sacrificial church planting is central to the mission of God, and Hope Church is an example.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: Hope Church

Hope Church San Diego has planted five churches to date—three in 2012 and two in 2014. Two of the five are Spanish-speaking churches.

Their church planting strategy is to see urban, multi-ethnic churches thrive in neighborhood contexts. Hope Church is committed to ...

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Jul 16, 2014
CPLF

Why the CPLF, a North American Fellowship of Church Planting Leaders?

Why church planting learning experts gather together.
Why the CPLF, a North American Fellowship of Church Planting Leaders?

Several years ago, we launched the inaugural meeting of the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship (CPLF). Church planting leaders from over sixty denominations meet together twice a year to share resources, connect, and collaborate about church planting.

Because it is a ...

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Jul 1, 2014
Church Planting

Church Planting Resource Roundup

Want to lead your church to multiply and plant more churches, but you don't know where to start? Start here.
Church Planting Resource Roundup

A week from today on The Exchange, I am going to host a few pastors and church leaders for a discussion on church planting, specifically the importance of established churches planting new churches. In anticipation of our discussion next week, I wanted to provide a brief ...

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Jun 11, 2014
Church Planting

5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches

Pastors of established churches should be engaged in church planting.
5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches
Laurelville Mennonite Church Center / flickr

Most people know me I love church planting.

I've done extensive research on the topic, written books about it and even planted churches. In addition to my love for church planting, however, I also love established churches. I'm as passionate about church revitalization ...

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