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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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Jul 25, 2016
Church Planting

Don’t Be the Bottleneck

Effective lead pastors must learn how to lead larger.
Don’t Be the Bottleneck

I love helping churches uncover growth opportunities! And oftentimes, while leading churches through this strategic process, I uncover something else. A bottleneck! The dictionary defines a bottleneck as a point of congestion or blockage. As the lead pastor, you must continually ...

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Jul 20, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

Third Places are the new multi-purpose building.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

At one point in the church growth era, there was a trend in constructing multipurpose buildings. For the most part these could be used for a variety of purposes—an auditorium, gymnasium, or fellowship hall.

Later, the space was used in attempts to reach the community during ...

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Jul 15, 2016
Church Planting

Justice and Church Planting: August CPLF Gathering

Join us at the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship
Justice and Church Planting: August 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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Jul 13, 2016
Church Planting

Two Statistics Every Church Planter Needs to Know

You can’t plant a church without partners.
Two Statistics Every Church Planter Needs to Know

You can’t plant a church without partners and you can’t grow a healthy church without evangelism. But those will look different for different planters in different contexts.

It has become fairly common to send a large (30+) group of people somewhere to plant a church. ...

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Jul 12, 2016
Leadership

Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer's wisdom on leadership endures.
Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Does your church have an intentional development plan to disciple and deploy believers to live out the Great Commission? Are you providing strategic pathways and opportunities for your congregation to participate in church planting so that they can be a part of the Kingdom of ...

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Jun 27, 2016
Church Planting

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Church)

Birthing a new church is not without pain.

A mother church experiences stress when birthing. The pains are physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial. Starting a new church sounds exciting, but a church needs to prepare for this birth in the some similar ways that a mother prepares for a new baby.

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Jun 23, 2016
Denominations

The Future of the SBC—Is Not White

Southern Baptists will not both grow and remain a majority white denomination.
The Future of the SBC—Is Not White
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One of the highlights of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting was the panel on racial reconciliation. Then-president Ronnie Floyd convened a stellar line-up of pastors and leaders—White, Black, Asian, Latino—to discuss some of the issues that ...

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