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Feb 2, 2016
Church Planting

Trend #1 For The Future Of Church Planting—Kingdom Collaboration

Church planting will thrive when we work together
Trend #1 For The Future Of Church Planting—Kingdom Collaboration

As I’ve been consulting with denominations, networks, and churches regarding their strategy to assess, train, coach, and fund church planters, there are a few trends that I’m beginning to notice. In fact, a few of these trends were the focus of Ed Stetzer’s ...

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Dec 8, 2015
Church Planting

Is "Launching Large" A Good Church Planting Strategy?

Church planting specialist and coach Ron Sylvia stops by to share his thoughts on launching large with a church plant.
Is "Launching Large" A Good Church Planting Strategy?

There is no lack of debate on the topic of church-planting models these days. The Launching large church-planting model could represent a paradigm shift for you. In fact, when you think about attracting a crowd and turning it into a church, you may have negative thoughts. ...

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Nov 25, 2015
Books

20 Truths from Pioneering Movements by Steve Addison

Jesus founded the greatest movement this world has ever seen. How do we join in?
20 Truths from Pioneering Movements by Steve Addison

1. Jesus founded the greatest movement this world has ever seen. That movement has at its heart the multiplication of disciples and churches — everywhere. (7)

2. We may know how to motivate and exhort, but not how to train and to do. So the people we lead are passive ...

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Nov 10, 2015
Church Planting

CPLF: The State of North American Church Planting

Next week, church planting leaders from around the continent will gather in Nashville for the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship.
CPLF: The State of North American Church Planting

I love the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship! By now, if you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I sponsor an event twice a year called the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship. It’s a peer-to-peer learning community that is invite-only, ...

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Oct 27, 2015
Church Planting

Strategic Church Planting: Your Master Plan

Ron Sylvia stops by the blog to share his insight on the important task of church plant planning.
Strategic Church Planting: Your Master Plan

Once you’ve heard God’s personal call to plant a church that impacts the world for His Kingdom, the wrestling begins. God, did I hear you right? Where do I plant? How will we raise the funds? Doubts, fear and lack of clarity can delay or even stall your church ...

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Oct 6, 2015
Church Planting

Is Your Church a Level Five Multiplying Church?

I'm thankful for Dave Ferguson and Todd Wilson's new book. Here's my foreword to it.
Is Your Church a Level Five Multiplying Church?

It’s a strange thing seeing something of little importance become a major focus, yet that’s exactly my experience with church planting.

I still remember the gatherings of church planters that took place when I first began in the late 80s. Church planting recently ...

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Jul 10, 2015
Church Planting

Church Planting & the Church Planter: Our Next CPLF Gathering

If you're a church planting leader in your denomination, you should join us for this gathering.
Church Planting & the Church Planter: Our Next 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. This is a peer group, specifically ...

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Jun 8, 2015
Missiology

Involving Large Church Pastors in Multiplication

Uniting small and large churches around the mission of the denomination is important.
Involving Large Church Pastors in Multiplication
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One of the common struggles denominations often face is a difficulty relating to the largest, most innovative, and the most “Antiochish” of their churches. These churches and their leaders are often creative and/or proprietary in their approach to, well, everything, ...

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Jun 1, 2015
New Churches

Help Us Choose the NewChurches.com Logo

We're launching a new initiative in the fall to assist new churches. Help us pick the logo!
Help Us Choose the NewChurches.com Logo
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Our mission at LifeWay is to serve the church in her mission of making disciples. However, over this past year, we came to a realization that we weren’t doing as much as we could for new churches.

I know how important the first couple years are as a church plant; ...

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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?
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“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
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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
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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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