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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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Jun 10, 2016
Church Planting

More Church Planting—Not Less—Is Needed

Here are 5 realities for more effective church planting efforts.
More Church Planting—Not Less—Is Needed

Among the best ways for us to reach people with the gospel is personal evangelism and church planting. Even with all the changes in culture this remains our best option for reaching unbelievers.

Church planting efforts need focus. A scattershot approach will not be the most effective. ...

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May 2, 2016
Mission

Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Understanding culture is crucial to a church's effectiveness.
Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Missiological Quest and Cultural Question

In each era and each cultural environment, the church defines its missiological quest in culture.

Now, that does not mean that eveything is on the table. There are marks of a biblical church that matter in every cultural setting. However, ...

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Apr 29, 2016
Church Planting

Dear Church Planter, I Believe in You

Church planting is a key to advancing the kingdom of God.
Dear Church Planter, I Believe in You

My first pastoral role was starting a church. My first book was on church planting. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the subject. My first seminary job was teaching church planting.

Some might say I’m obsessed. But I will say I am convinced. I am convinced that church planting ...

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Apr 25, 2016
Church Planting

5 Future Trends of Church Planting

Church planting trends for now and the future
5 Future Trends of Church Planting
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Thom Rainer has stated, “Trend prediction is both an art and a science.” The science is the data and the art is the practice. And by putting the two together we can see current trends and predict future movement.

With culture seemingly changing at the speed of light, ...

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Mar 28, 2016
Church Planting

The Most Important Role of Denominations in Church Planting

How to focus on church planting from the national level
The Most Important Role of Denominations in Church Planting

Everyone around me knows my passion for church planting. I've lectured on it, speak about it at conferences, help provide resources to church planters through Newchurches.com, written books about it, and write about it regularly on The Exchange.

In the last few weeks alone ...

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Mar 22, 2016
Church

Two Most Important Elements of Preaching

Pastors cannot lack these two things: passion and authority
Two Most Important Elements of Preaching
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When Jesus came along two thousand years ago not all of His teaching was brand new. His message of repentance had already been preached by prophets for centuries. His teachings about loving God and loving people, the Great Commandment as we call it, was not a new teaching. You ...

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Mar 18, 2016
Church Planting

Quick Thoughts on Evangelism and Church Planting in Secular Contexts

Secularization does not mean a disinterest in spiritual things.
Quick Thoughts on Evangelism and Church Planting in Secular Contexts

How do you plant churches in a secular society? in part, you have to find out what type of secular people are in your community. That may cause you to change your approach. Then, you ask what approach is best to reach them.

Understanding a Secular Context

Twenty years ago, Wolfhart ...

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Mar 15, 2016
Church Planting

From Preview to Launch

Reach critical mass early in your church plant.
From Preview to Launch

Have you ever attended a private movie screening or sneak preview? It’s a promotion strategy to create a buzz of excitement around a new movie before its general release. Similarly, one of the most effective strategies for starting a new church is the Preview Service. ...

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Mar 12, 2016
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars—Exponential East in Orlando

Going to Exponential East? Look me up!
Saturday is for Seminars—Exponential East in Orlando

Exponential East, April 25, 2016—Orlando, FL

Speakers including Erwin Raphael McManus, Jodi Hickerson, Ryan Kwon, Cynthia Marshall, me, and scores of others will lead eight, themed channels: Church Planting, Culture, Discipleship, Leadership, Missional, Multiethnic, Multisite, ...

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Mar 8, 2016
Church Planting

Building Your Launch Team

Do not overlook the importance of the launch team with planting a church
Building Your Launch Team
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If God has called you to start a new church, you may already feel isolated, like you’re on this church planting journey alone. Be encouraged, God does not use a lone individual to start a church. Thankfully, He builds teams to launch churches. As God prepares you, He is ...

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Mar 1, 2016
Church Planting

The Secrets I’ve Learned from 30 Years of Church Planting

There is no reason to plant a church ill-equipped.
The Secrets I’ve Learned from 30 Years of Church Planting

It’s been 30 years since I planted my first church, and I’ve learned a lot since then. I wrote my first book on church planting, I’ve worked denominationally in church planting, I wrote my PhD dissertation in church planting, I’ve consulted with a lot ...

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Feb 16, 2016
Church Planting

Trend #3 for the Future of Church Planting: Residencies and Theological Education

Churches and seminaries should work together in theological education
Trend #3 for the Future of Church Planting: Residencies and Theological Education
George Fox Evangelical Seminary

When it comes to theological education, the pendulum has swung back-and-forth a few times over the last couple of centuries. From theological education being birthed out of the church, to it then being handed over to educational institutions, then back to the church and so-forth, ...

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Feb 9, 2016

Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

In the future, church planters will choose to work in the marketplace
Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

Church planting today is not what it used to be. In the past, church planters were the ones who couldn’t get a "real ministry position” at a church, so they started their own. Although, there were those entrepreneurial few who defied all odds and purposefully ...

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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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