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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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Sep 27, 2016
church planting

100 Episodes on Church Planting and Multisite

Ed Stetzer, Todd Adkins, and Daniel Im have answered over a hundred listener-submitted church planting questions.
100 Episodes on Church Planting and Multisite

Ed Stetzer, Todd Adkins, and I recently celebrated our 100th episode on the NewChurches.com Q&A Podcast. It’s been such a joy to dream up and implement this idea of a podcast that answered real life church planting, multisite, and pastoral leadership questions. It's ...

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Sep 20, 2016
church planting

Church Planting 101

8 time-tested principles of church planting
Church Planting 101

There are few phrases more frequently spoken in church and mission circles than “church planting.” There also are few subjects around which ministry mavens work harder to be distinctive. Some tout valuable methods that are of a contextually limited scope, while others ...

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Sep 13, 2016
church planting, missional, missions, evangelism

Eight Barriers To Multiplication, Part 2

Is something stopping you from starting a new church plant?
Eight Barriers To Multiplication, Part 2

In the previous article, we addressed the first four barriers to multiplication:

  1. Fear
  2. Perceived and Actual Scarcity
  3. Bad Math
  4. Church Centricity

In today’s article, we will address the next four barriers to multiplication.

5. Don’t See the Need for Multiplication

Before churches ...

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Sep 9, 2016
church planting, Chattanooga

Three Practices For Third Space Churches

How do we seek the flourishing of our city in such a way that contributes to the urban renewal happening all around us?
Three Practices For Third Space Churches

“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” – Jeremiah 29:7

Jeremiah 29 paints an incredible picture of a people called to love God in the context ...

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Sep 7, 2016
church planting, church multiplication

Eight Barriers To Multiplication, Part 1

Is something stopping you from starting a new church plant?
Eight Barriers To Multiplication, Part 1

In every story and aspect of life, there always seem to be opposing forces. On our planet, you have night and day. In Romeo and Juliet, you have the Capulets and the Montagues. In Star Wars, you have the Rebellion and the Empire. In Marvel, you have the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ...

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Aug 31, 2016
church planting, missional, missions, evangelism

Am I Called To Be A Church Planter?

Regardless of if we are called specifically to be church planters, all of us are called to be ABOUT church planting.
Am I Called To Be A Church Planter?

The question, “Am I called to be a church planter?” is not a straightforward one. It’s not like, “Should I breathe?” or “Should I love others as Jesus does?”

The question, “Am I called to be a church planter?” is kind of like ...

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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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