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Mar 21, 2017
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Church-Planting Shifts, Part Three: Preparing Our People for Witness

How do we prepare the mission force for the mission field?

Read Part One, The Launch, and Part Two, From Nominal to Secular.

In the past few weeks, I have talked about some recent church-planting shifts that I have noticed, both through the lens of research and some though anecdotal observations.

The world today is still reasonably familiar ...

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Mar 14, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Two: From Nominal to Secular

Secularism is replacing nominalism as the religion of the people.
Church-Planting Shifts, Part Two: From Nominal to Secular
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In Part One of our series on subtle, yet important church-planting shifts, we dealt with the changing face of the church launch. As I mentioned, this includes a downscaling of the traditional launch mode to build up more core elements that will allow the church to go the long ...

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Mar 7, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part One: The Launch

Consider your people group and the time of year.
Church-Planting Shifts, Part One: The Launch
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Church planting is somewhat of an entrepreneurial enterprise that tends to be on the front end of change, both catalyzing change and being catalyzed by change.

This is the crux of what I want to discuss in this four-part series. The series is intended to keep grounding us in ...

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Feb 28, 2017
church planting, church growth, evangelism

Cities and Multiculturalism: Two Trends in Church Planting Today

God can be at work in more than one place at a time.
Cities and Multiculturalism: Two Trends in Church Planting Today
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I’ve written a lot on church planting. One of the things I’m continually reminded of is that as culture changes, so too does our strategy and methodology for planting churches. If we are focused on reaching people for Jesus, then we must be willing and able to plant ...

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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.
Are You on Track if You Lead a Church of Less Than 100?
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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.
Management or Multiplication?
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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
Ten Reasons Every Church-Planting Team Needs a Worship Leader
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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
Three Church-Planting Practices That Need To Die
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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
Breaking the 200 Barrier: Heritage Park Baptist Church in Webster, Texas
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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
Breaking the 200 Barrier: Monmouth Christian Church in Monmouth, Oregon
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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?
Increasing Evangelism in Church Planting
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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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