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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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Mar 28, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Four: Supporting Planters

Church planting may require supporting church planters, not church plants.
Church-Planting Shifts, Part Four: Supporting Planters
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Read Part One, The Launch, Part Two, From Nominal to Secular, and Part Three, Preparing Our People for Witness.

As I have discussed in this series on church-planting shifts, we must acknowledge that Christianity in the West will be competing more with a secular worldview than ...

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Mar 27, 2017
chicagoland, church planting, alliance

Launch of the Chicagoland Church Planting Alliance

The Moody Church hosted the inaugural meeting.
Launch of the Chicagoland Church Planting Alliance

Church planting can be hard, lonely work. Church planters often plod along, encouraging their flock without a peer network with which to share triumphs and frustrations.

As discussed here on The Exchange, one of the key issues facing church planters is maintaining spiritual, ...

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Mar 21, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Three: Preparing Our People for Witness

How do we prepare the mission force for the mission field?

Read Part One, The Launch, and Part Two, From Nominal to Secular.

In the past few weeks, I have talked about some recent church-planting shifts that I have noticed, both through the lens of research and some though anecdotal observations.

The world today is still reasonably familiar ...

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Mar 14, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Two: From Nominal to Secular

Secularism is replacing nominalism as the religion of the people.
Church-Planting Shifts, Part Two: From Nominal to Secular
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In Part One of our series on subtle, yet important church-planting shifts, we dealt with the changing face of the church launch. As I mentioned, this includes a downscaling of the traditional launch mode to build up more core elements that will allow the church to go the long ...

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Mar 7, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part One: The Launch

Consider your people group and the time of year.
Church-Planting Shifts, Part One: The Launch
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Church planting is somewhat of an entrepreneurial enterprise that tends to be on the front end of change, both catalyzing change and being catalyzed by change.

This is the crux of what I want to discuss in this four-part series. The series is intended to keep grounding us in ...

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Feb 28, 2017
church planting, church growth, evangelism

Cities and Multiculturalism: Two Trends in Church Planting Today

God can be at work in more than one place at a time.
Cities and Multiculturalism: Two Trends in Church Planting Today
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I’ve written a lot on church planting. One of the things I’m continually reminded of is that as culture changes, so too does our strategy and methodology for planting churches. If we are focused on reaching people for Jesus, then we must be willing and able to plant ...

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Feb 7, 2017
church growth, church planting, evangelism

Are You on Track if You Lead a Church of Less Than 100?

Most of the time church planting is a long, hard slog.
Are You on Track if You Lead a Church of Less Than 100?
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Every church leader or pastor desires ministry to be fruitful and to influence their community. But we need to be reminded that we can no longer depend on the success of the past to be the shelter of our future.

While leadership is important, a church’s size can change ...

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Jan 31, 2017
church growth, church planting, evangelism

Management or Multiplication?

Plan time to work ON the ministry, not just IN the ministry.
Management or Multiplication?
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As a leader, the gravitational pull is always toward the tyranny of the urgent. It’s like a tractor beam pulling us in. Too many leaders get so focused on “What now?” that we can’t focus on what’s next! We fall into the rut of putting out fires ...

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Jan 17, 2017
church planting, worship
Ten Reasons Every Church-Planting Team Needs a Worship Leader
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Many Evangelical Christians have a very truncated understanding of worship. When asked to define it, they respond, "It's singing," or "It's praising God." Worship, from a biblical perspective, is far more than merely singing or praising God in the ...

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Jan 10, 2017
church planting

Three Church-Planting Practices That Need To Die

Humility in community for the glory of God
Three Church-Planting Practices That Need To Die
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Over the years, I’ve seen lots of great church-planting practices, and many not-so-great ones. Too many churches open and then close too often because instead of looking to God, they were looking to themselves. Even more unfortunate is the fact that many church plants ...

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Dec 16, 2016
church planting, church growth

Breaking the 200 Barrier: Heritage Park Baptist Church in Webster, Texas

Church in metro Houston reached neighbors after a hurricane
Breaking the 200 Barrier: Heritage Park Baptist Church in Webster, Texas
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Heritage Park Baptist Church started in 1977 as a plant of First Baptist Church, Friendswood, TX. In the days transitioning from Apollo to the Space Shuttle, southeast Houston grew dramatically. The planting pastor served 20 years before continuing his ministry elsewhere. A ...

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