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Jul 16, 2014
CPLF

Why the CPLF, a North American Fellowship of Church Planting Leaders?

Why church planting learning experts gather together.
Why the CPLF, a North American Fellowship of Church Planting Leaders?

Several years ago, we launched the inaugural meeting of the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship (CPLF). Church planting leaders from over sixty denominations meet together twice a year to share resources, connect, and collaborate about church planting.

Because it is a ...

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Jul 1, 2014
Church Planting

Church Planting Resource Roundup

Want to lead your church to multiply and plant more churches, but you don't know where to start? Start here.
Church Planting Resource Roundup

A week from today on The Exchange, I am going to host a few pastors and church leaders for a discussion on church planting, specifically the importance of established churches planting new churches. In anticipation of our discussion next week, I wanted to provide a brief ...

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Jun 11, 2014
Church Planting

5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches

Pastors of established churches should be engaged in church planting.
5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches
Laurelville Mennonite Church Center / flickr

Most people know me I love church planting.

I've done extensive research on the topic, written books about it and even planted churches. In addition to my love for church planting, however, I also love established churches. I'm as passionate about church revitalization ...

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Jun 10, 2014
Church Planting

3 Pieces of Advice from a Church Planter to Church Planters

Church planting is difficult, but a few simple actions can make it a bit easier.
3 Pieces of Advice from a Church Planter to Church Planters
Christian Church of the Hills / flickr

When I planted my first church in Buffalo in 1988, I was considered strange. People asked why I was planting a new church instead of pastoring an established one and wondered aloud if maybe I couldn't land a real ministry job.

From that time to today, the sentiment ...

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May 20, 2014
Church Planting

6 Indicators That You May Be A Church Planter

Are you a church planter? How can you know?
6 Indicators That You May Be A Church Planter
SMBCollege / flickr

There are many places of service in the church. One category of ministry is pastoring. Then there are sub-categories, like children's pastor, teaching pastor, etc. Not lesser ministries, just more targeted areas of service. One sub-category is church planter. Pastors ...

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May 15, 2014
Church Planting

Church Planting Among the Urban Poor by Efrem Smith

President and CEO of World Impact, Efrem Smith, shares his thoughts on church planting among the urban poor.
Church Planting Among the Urban Poor by Efrem Smith

It seems that you can go to just about any inner city in the United States of America and find the same interesting dynamic. Many cities have communities that are considered the most afflicted when it comes to crime, poverty, education, and other areas. These communities ...

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May 7, 2014
Church Planting

4 Free Resources for New Church Planters

Church planters could always use free resources. Check out these four from LifeWay.
4 Free Resources for New Church Planters

I love church planters—and so does LifeWay. Our primary goal at LifeWay is to provide biblical solutions for life.

As a result, we at LifeWay want to help new church planters by providing them with four key resources: some curriculum, a website, leadership development ...

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May 1, 2014
Church Planting

Replant: Book and Case Study: Redeemer Fellowship Kansas City

We need a lot more churches that are willing to be planted and grow alongside dying churches.
Replant: Book and Case Study: Redeemer Fellowship Kansas City

My friends Darrin Patrick and Mark DeVine recently authored a fascinating book, Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again, which releases today.

I had the privilege of writing the foreword to the book, which I have pasted below my opening comments.

The book is worth ...

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Apr 28, 2014
Missiology

Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: How Multiplication Can Be Enhanced through Denominational Backing

Denominational involvement is one of the key parts of a church multiplication movement.
Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: How Multiplication Can Be Enhanced through Denominational Backing
Courtesy of the SBC

While rethinking involvement with denominations has become popular, abandoning them all together would be unwise. Most church planting done in West is done by denominations, not individual churches, individual Christians, or even emerging church planting networks. The same ...

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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
Brian Allen / flickr

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
hugovk / flickr

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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