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Apr 7, 2014
Missiology

Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 4 Steps for Developing Multiplication Leaders

Developing church multiplication leaders is the first aspect of a church multiplication movement.
Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 4 Steps for Developing Multiplication Leaders
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Mission leaders like to talk about Church Planting Movements (CPMs), but I believe it's unlikely we will ever see one in our current context.

A Church Planting Movement has a specific definition: a movement of church planting characterized by a rapid, even exponential, ...

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Mar 26, 2014
Great Commission

"All Nations" and Church Planting

How does church planting relate to the Great Commission and Jesus' call to reach the nations?
"All Nations" and Church Planting
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The Great Commission. Neither the words "great" nor "commission" are in the text, but the descriptor fits. This "authoritative order, charge, or direction" is "unusually large, extreme, and notable" (borrowing phrases from textbook ...

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Sep 11, 2013
CPLF
African-American and Urban Church Planting: a Recap of the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship

In just a few minutes, I'll be on the radio in Detroit talking about church planting in the African-American context. I'm a little uncomfortable doing that (as I am not an African American), so I will almost certainly refer to this most recent Church Planting Leadership ...

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Sep 8, 2013
Churches

Metro Wesleyan Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Church Journeys
Metro Wesleyan Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia

It's been awhile since I blogged about one of the churches I have recently preached. Typically, I preach at someone else's church once a month due to travel and speaking engagements. I am at Grace Church, where I serve as lead pastor, the other three weeks.

Well, ...

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Sep 4, 2013
Research

African-American Church Planting

New LifeWay Research Study Provides An In-Depth Look at Church Planting in the African American Context
African-American Church Planting
Courtesy of LifeWay Research

At our recent CPLF meeting, we released the findings of a detailed study of African-American church planting. This was the first study of its kind and the private sponsors were gracious enough to share it publicly. Thanks to Mission to North America (PCA), Assemblies of God ...

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Jul 12, 2013
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Sentralized in Kansas City

Saturday Is for Seminars
Saturday is for Seminars: Sentralized in Kansas City

This September I will be speaking at Sentralized in Kansas City. It's a conference for pastors, church planters, individuals, and teams of church members that are working through the issues and ideas of missional living and learning. I'm looking forward to connecting ...

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Jul 11, 2013
CPLF

The African-American Church: Past, Present, and Future

By Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr.
The African-American Church: Past, Present, and Future

INTRODUCTION

Today's debate about whether or not there should be an African American church ignores the fact that we live in a society with a variety of cultures – each with a corresponding influence. Usually, in multi-cultural societies such as ours, one culture ...

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Jun 24, 2013
Church
Church Planting, Partner Churches and Denominations: Fear Not

Over the past couple of years, I've had the privilege of planting another church. In April 2011, our church planting team and a core group of believers launched Grace Church outside of Nashville.

Needless to say, I love church planting. Yet, church planting is different ...

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Jun 21, 2013
CPLF

Church Planting Leadership Fellowship: Best Books on African-American or Urban Church Planting?

African-American Church Planting and Urban Church Planting
Church Planting Leadership Fellowship: Best Books on African-American or Urban Church Planting?

We are preparing for our upcoming meeting of the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship.

As I have shared before, we believe this to be one of the most important and strategic gatherings for North American church planting that is held each year. At each gathering we intentionally ...

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Jun 20, 2013
Church Planting

Church Planting and the Mission of God

Planting Churches and Planting the Gospel
Church Planting and the Mission of God

Every church involved in a new church, and every church planter starting one, needs to answer the question: what is church planting?

For some, the word planting comes across as insider language. In the sub-culture of the church planting world there is an entire language ...

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Jun 18, 2013
Multisite

Multisite Evolution

What should be the 'new normal' for multisite churches?
Multisite Evolution
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Whatever your opinion of multisite may be, there can be no doubt it is the new normal.

Multisite has joined a list of models and approaches that were once out of the mainstream and now is commonplace-- most of us know of one or more multisite churches.

Though I would ...

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May 22, 2013

I love church planting. I know that's probably no surprise to most of you, but I am convinced that we need more church plants and more church planters. I am even serving as the volunteer planting/lead pastor of a church in the Nashville area, Grace Church. What's more, I am ...

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Feb 18, 2013

Today I conclude a series (part one, part two, part three, part four, part five) through Paul's Missionary Methods, a new book I contributed an essay to with the assistance of Lizette Beard, my coauthor and colleague at LifeWay Research. Other contributors include Michael Bird, ...

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Feb 11, 2013

I'm currently in the midst of a series (part one, part two, part three, part four) through Paul's Missionary Methods, a new book I contributed an essay to with the assistance of Lizette Beard, my coauthor and colleague at LifeWay Research. Other contributors include Michael ...

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Feb 4, 2013

I'm currently in the midst of a series (part one, part two, part three) through Paul's Missionary Methods, a new book I contributed an essay to with the assistance of Lizette Beard, my coauthor and colleague at LifeWay Research. Other contributors include Michael Bird, David ...

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