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Planting Disciple-Making Churches in the City
What does it take to grow healthy congregations in this hostile environment?
What are the first steps a pastor or seminary student should take when they're called to church planting? Do you have any advice for pastors wary of church planting?
10 Ways to Help Single Women Flourish in Ministry
Whether single or married, we can all advocate for single women in ministry.
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I am fortunate to know many amazing single women in ministry. They serve in student ministry, women's ministry, missions, small groups, teaching roles, and church planting.
Real Church Growth Doesn’t Just Make Bigger Churches, It Heals Hurting Ones
It’s hard to say we love the church when we ignore, discourage or belittle its weakest members.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Planting more small churches may be a greater tool for growing the church than building larger congregations. There are some strong stats showing
11 Advantages Of Having 50 Churches Of 100 Instead Of 1 Church Of 5,000
Big churches are great. But they’re very rare. And they’re not the only way to see the kingdom of God move forward.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
I know there are church planting organizations that do this. Planting one church, hoping for it to grow numerically every year until it reaches mega status is a fool's gambit.
Does Your Church Have the Right Model?
How to decide.
Todd Hunter, a bishop in the Anglican Church in North America and Crane's church planting partner, had this to say: “Ultimately the reason this worked was that Barry and North Sound
13 Tips for Women Church Planters
Beyond where to plant and what strategy to use
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be made. For instance, how will you prepare yourself: seminary training, extensive reading, studying church planting strategies, or an apprenticeship?
Planting an Immigrant Church in America's Whitest City
Meet the retiree-turned-pastor who's creating a home for Portland's Arabic Christians.
How did they grow an Arabic church in Portland? Mostly, it was by immigration. In 2013, John decided to move his family back to Rockwood to serve as his former church's pastor.
Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you.
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roles reach beyond the church's walls. The apostles are sent ones, the pioneers, with visions and strategies for new ideas. They are innovators. They could be planting new churches
It's Time For A Church Transition: Should The Pastor Leave? Hand Off? Or Reboot?
No church should be so reliant on one person that it’s at risk of collapse when that person leaves. Even if that person is the pastor.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
traumatic times for churches and pastors. Other than the church planting phase, more churches close due to pastoral transition than for any other reason.
Why Churches Lose Their Way
Joe Thorn discusses how congregations can rediscover the biblical basis of who they are and what they’re called to do.
It's a lot harder when you're turning the church around and you're instituting something people have never done before. You also have a culture of sending and planting.
Top 10 Resources for Church Planters
Essential tools for a hard calling.
3. Church Planter Boot Camp Training Events and Modules. In addition to joining a tribe and securing a coach, I recommend attending a church planting intensive training week.
8 Characteristics of a Great Podcast (Plus Some Church Leadership Podcasts I Like)
If you're a podcaster, here's one listener's blunt assessment of what works and what doesn’t. This is the stuff your friends won't tell you.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If you're a pastor who's planted several successful churches, don't talk about politics, talk about planting churches. Know church admin? Talk about that.
Does Jesus Want Every Church to Be a Big Church?
Let’s stop arguing about which church size is best, and start seeing what’s best about each size.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Sometimes that's expanded, usually through a denominational strategy, to include a multiple-church plan, including church planting, but a denominational focus is too narrow also.
Tempted to Compare
One scan of social media left me feeling defeated.
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My battle with comparison didn't start with leading women's ministry, serving as a pastor's wife, or planting a church. It began years before when I was a young girl.
3 Ways Some Churches Grow Without Getting Bigger
Butts-in-the-seats growth is great. But it’s not going to happen for every church. That's never a reason to give up, coast along, or offer excuses.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
or meet the needs of the people. So, instead of getting bigger, church growth means planting new congregations in nearby neighborhoods or villages.
The Resurrection: Good News vs Fake News (An Easter Sermon Idea)
The first challenge to the truth of the gospel wasn’t a competing idea or argument. It was the planting of a fake news story.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
All over the world, pastors are preparing to speak to what is usually the biggest church crowd of the The first challenge to the truth of the gospel was the planting of fake news to compete
The Church and the Huddled Masses
Throughout US history, the church has had a complicated relationship with the "homeless, tempest-tost" looking for a better life.
They spent two decades in Vietnam, teaching in a Bible school and supporting church-planting and discipleship among the Montagnard people. When
Feeling Anonymous in Ministry
The power of being seen, recognized, and named.
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Feeling Anonymous in Ministry. The power of being seen, recognized, and named. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. Image: iStock. 0; tweet; email; print. My name is Dori.
Support for Women Church Planters
How the Exponential Conference made me feel part of a tribe
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Seven Key Issues Church Planters Face, a report prepared by Exponential, begins with these words: “Church planting is hard. Church planting is discouraging.
Church Growth: Feeding the Flock In a Count-the-Sheep Culture
Is it possible to find success in ministry outside the church growth numbers? It depends who gets the credit.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
that, just like the fruit of a healthy tree is other trees, the fruit of a healthy church is other all the seeds are being planted but none of the fruit is being eaten, what are we planting the trees
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