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Feb 7, 2017
church growth, church planting, evangelism

Are You on Track if You Lead a Church of Less Than 100?

Most of the time church planting is a long, hard slog.

Every church leader or pastor desires ministry to be fruitful and to influence their community. But we need to be reminded that we can no longer depend on the success of the past to be the shelter of our future.

While leadership is important, a church’s size can change ...

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Jan 31, 2017
church growth, church planting, evangelism

Management or Multiplication?

Plan time to work ON the ministry, not just IN the ministry.

As a leader, the gravitational pull is always toward the tyranny of the urgent. It’s like a tractor beam pulling us in. Too many leaders get so focused on “What now?” that we can’t focus on what’s next! We fall into the rut of putting out fires ...

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Jan 17, 2017
church planting, worship

Many Evangelical Christians have a very truncated understanding of worship. When asked to define it, they respond, "It's singing," or "It's praising God." Worship, from a biblical perspective, is far more than merely singing or praising God in the ...

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Jan 10, 2017
church planting

Three Church-Planting Practices That Need To Die

Humility in community for the glory of God

Over the years, I’ve seen lots of great church-planting practices, and many not-so-great ones. Too many churches open and then close too often because instead of looking to God, they were looking to themselves. Even more unfortunate is the fact that many church plants ...

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Dec 16, 2016
church planting, church growth

Breaking the 200 Barrier: Heritage Park Baptist Church in Webster, Texas

Church in metro Houston reached neighbors after a hurricane

Heritage Park Baptist Church started in 1977 as a plant of First Baptist Church, Friendswood, TX. In the days transitioning from Apollo to the Space Shuttle, southeast Houston grew dramatically. The planting pastor served 20 years before continuing his ministry elsewhere. A ...

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Dec 13, 2016
church planting, church growth, missions

Church Planting and Commuting in the Mega-Regions

Leverage your commuting members to plant new churches.

What happens when you plot four million commutes on a map? No, this is not a bad joke. The answer is not exhaust clouds, headaches, or road rage. What you actually get is a different picture of the mega-regions—a cluster of interconnected cities.

A few years back, The Guardian ...

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Dec 12, 2016
church planting, church growth

Breaking the 200 Barrier: Monmouth Christian Church in Monmouth, Oregon

Church planted by pioneers seeks to reach hipsters

MCC is a church planted by pioneers from Illinois 160 years ago. Throughout those 16 decades it has been a church that has seen some major highs and painful lows. This legacy has included the season when the building was condemned, an Easter when they had an attendance of 999, ...

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Dec 6, 2016
church planting, church growth

Four Consistent Conversations We Must Have with Ourselves

As it turns out, talking to ourselves may not be so crazy.

Here’s a confession for you. I talk to myself. A lot. Yes, I do mean out loud. I have regular conversations with myself: at work, at home, in the car … everywhere! Sometimes my family overhears me and it solidifies their belief that I’m just a little bit crazy. ...

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Nov 29, 2016
church planting, church growth, evangelism

Increasing Evangelism in Church Planting

Can our people articulate a simple gospel message and call men and women to faith in Jesus Christ?

There’s no question that church planting has become the hot new thing. And I’m glad.

When I started my first church in 1988, it was an oddity. Now, it is mainstream.

This morning, I am in a hotel in Boston, about to talk to evangelism leaders, and two young men came ...

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Nov 15, 2016
church planting, church growth

Breaking the 200 Barrier: Green Lake Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington

Church sets new long-term goals every three years.
Breaking the 200 Barrier: Green Lake Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington

Green Lake Presbyterian Church is a 78-year-old congregation located just miles from Seattle’s downtown core. We have a great tradition of biblical preaching, foreign missions, and local church planting. Our current demographic is primarily young families, but we’ve ...

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Nov 15, 2016
church planting, reading, books

Recommended Church Planting Books: New and Old

“Read two old books for every new one.”
Recommended Church Planting Books: New and Old

Today, more than ever, we have an abundance of digital resources, webinars, training videos, and templates for church planting. However, as you might already know, not all resources are created equal. (That’s why Ed Stetzer and I created and lead NewChurches.com together—an ...

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Nov 14, 2016
church planting, Islam, unreached people

Fruitful Near-Culture Church Planters: A Qualitative Study (Part 2)

A survey of near-culture church planters
Fruitful Near-Culture Church Planters: A Qualitative Study (Part 2)

Fruitful Near-Culture Workers Use a Variety of Ministry Methods

The near-culture workers we interviewed personified one of our Fruitful Practice statements in the area of communication methods: “Fruitful workers use a variety of approaches in sharing the gospel.”

All ...

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Oct 26, 2016
church planting, church growth

Breaking the 200 Barrier: Cornerstone EFCA in Casper, Wyoming

Church seeks to meet the needs of a community that often travels on the weekends.
Breaking the 200 Barrier: Cornerstone EFCA in Casper, Wyoming

History of the Church

Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Casper, Wyoming, began in 1971. For the first several decades, the church was relatively small and occasionally faced significant difficulties in attendance and giving. About 15 years ago, Pastor Jack Olsen was hired, ...

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Oct 25, 2016
church planting

Rural Church Planting and Coaching Church Planters: November CPLF Gathering

If you're a church planting leader in your denomination, you should join us for this gathering.
Rural Church Planting and Coaching Church Planters: November 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 (check out our new website!). This ...

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Oct 24, 2016
church planting

Interview with Kent Shaw, Executive Director of Harvest Bible Fellowship

"We want to plant 1,000 churches in our lifetime."
Interview with Kent Shaw, Executive Director of Harvest Bible Fellowship

Kent, how would you describe what you’re doing? What’s the Harvest Bible Fellowship “way” of church planting?

We want to plant vertical churches.

A vertical church is, as you know, based on James’s book. We’re looking to plant churches that ...

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