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Aug 8, 2017
church planting

Three Keys to Increasing Church Planting Capacity in Denominations

Engage the Planters. Embrace the Pace. Establish the Path.
Three Keys to Increasing Church Planting Capacity in Denominations
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A generation of Christians that has grown up with microwaves is also sold on the idea of movements. But rarely do these things go together.

Movements are not instantaneous—they can explode (that’s what makes them movements) but they don’t just show up.

It takes ...

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Jul 27, 2017
church planting

The Value of Church Planter Assessment and Boot Camps

We identified seven challenges faced by most church planters.
The Value of Church Planter Assessment and Boot Camps
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Planting a church is hard enough. It is more difficult when the planter doesn’t have solid support and resources. And we’re not talking about money here. Church planter development is a crucial element to giving new churches a real chance to succeed.

I’m a big ...

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Jul 21, 2017
rural church, small town, church planting

Rural Matters: Placing Rural Church Planting Back on the Map

Small town pastors are doing big things for God’s Kingdom.
Rural Matters: Placing Rural Church Planting Back on the Map
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I recently introduced my daughter to the 2006 Pixar movie Cars. Sorry, if I’m ruining the movie for anyone, but it has been out since 2006, so tough. The movie follows a race car named Lightning McQueen who ends up stranded in a small town off Route 66 called Radiator ...

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Jul 20, 2017
rural church, small town

A Kairos Moment for Small Town America

Over 30 million people still live in rural areas.
A Kairos Moment for Small Town America
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When is time more than just seconds and minutes stuck end-to-end? If you’ve been around the Church for a while, you probably know the answer. As the Greeks and the authors of the Greek New Testament knew, there is time (chronos), and then there is time (kairos). The first ...

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Jun 27, 2017
rural, midwest, church planting

Ruralology: All It Takes Is Sacrifice, Commitment, and a Desire to Be What God Made Us to Be

It doesn’t matter how grand your vision is if it doesn’t flow with the culture of your community.
Ruralology: All It Takes Is Sacrifice, Commitment, and a Desire to Be What God Made Us to Be
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I recently attended my high school class reunion. It was a backyard barbecue with a couple dozen in attendance. As I’m sure most reunions go, the time was spent reminiscing of the glory football days and Saturday night shenanigans. Not a lot has changed, but we are all ...

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Jun 13, 2017
Rural Church, church planting, Amplify

What You Don’t Know About Rural America: 3 Common Misconceptions

The physical presence of a church and its spiritual impact are not the same thing.
What You Don’t Know About Rural America: 3 Common Misconceptions
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Many of us are busy. So much so that we rush from one thing to the next having failed to stop and assess whether or not our thoughts and beliefs match the current reality. As the president of an international children’s ministry, I am constantly bombarded by statistics ...

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May 30, 2017
church planting, church multiplication

Planting 1,000 Churches in Your Lifetime

Churches need to be planted and then quickly need to plant other churches.
Planting 1,000 Churches in Your Lifetime
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In order to start a movement and plant 1,000 churches in your lifetime, you need to think about church planting through the lens of rabbits and elephants. Years ago, I remember preaching at a conference where I felt like the odd man out. It was like that song from Sesame Street, ...

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May 25, 2017
church planting, house church

Some Quick Thoughts on House Churches: The Good, the Bad, and Why You Should Be Open to Them

They appeal to certain church planters and in certain contexts.
Some Quick Thoughts on House Churches: The Good, the Bad, and Why You Should Be Open to Them
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Discerning House Churches

The house church discussion is always an interesting one. People can be very passionate about house, simple, and organic churches, and that can limit some important discussions.

Some say, “Of course, that’s the best way—that’s ...

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May 23, 2017
evangelism, church planting, CPLF

Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering

Church Planting Leadership Fellowship is open to denominational and network leaders of church planting.
Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering
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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, and it’s a partnership between ...

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May 17, 2017
Rural Church, church planting, Amplify

Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting

If millions of Americans still lived in rural areas, surely God cared about them too.
Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting
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We’ve all heard it: “Go big or go home.” It’s the phrase we used in high school after we succeeded in eating 66 chicken wings—one hugely important wing more than our best friend. It’s the phrase we used in college to commemorate basically ...

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May 9, 2017
church planting

SEND Institute: A New Learning Community for Church Planting

The Billy Graham Center partners with the North American Mission Board.
SEND Institute: A New Learning Community for Church Planting
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For nearly 40 years the Billy Graham Center (BGC) at Wheaton College has served as a hub of mission and evangelism training and inspiration. Rev. Billy Graham sought to develop a Center for strategic planning, inspiration, and preparation of leaders to fuel the evangelism mission ...

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Apr 19, 2017
evangelism, church planting, rural church
Rural Matters: Part of God's Plan to Transform Our Communities and Our World
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For many, particularly in the news media, Donald Trump has put a focus on rural America—specifically, white rural America. And, for many of us, our stereotypes prevail when we consider ‘rural America.’

Regardless, the fact is that we may be at a kairos moment ...

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Apr 18, 2017
evangelism, church planting, marathon

Stay the Course: Keeping a Church Evangelistically Focused after the Launch

Church planting is similar to running a marathon.
Stay the Course: Keeping a Church Evangelistically Focused after the Launch
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The marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger who was sent from the Battle of Marathon to Athens—26 miles away—to inform the Greeks that the Persians had been defeated. Legend has it that Pheidippides ran the entire 26 miles without stopping, ...

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Apr 11, 2017
church planting, contextualization

3 Martian Tips for Contextualization

Lessons from the NASA team who manages the Mars rover.
3 Martian Tips for Contextualization
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What time is it on Mars?

I was obsessed with space as a child. In fact, I still have my old books about space, and now my children are reading them! I can assure you that it was their decision, not mine. Going along the theme of loving space, I was naturally into Star Wars, but ...

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Apr 5, 2017
church, community, spiritual, social, cultural

City Reaching: A Conversation with Three Leaders about a Gospel Movement in South Florida

Church United is a partnership of local churches across denominations joining together to transform South Florida.
City Reaching: A Conversation with Three Leaders about a Gospel Movement in South Florida
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Ed: Why are you interested in city-reaching movements?

Rob Hoskins: Serving the Global Church through OneHope, I've seen that there's a natural growth and traction around local missiology. How we reach our city is cropping up all over the world. With globalization, localization ...

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