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Planting Disciple-Making Churches in the City
What does it take to grow healthy congregations in this hostile environment?
Dhati Lewis, who leads NAMB's BLVD Team, believes urban environments—a context long thought to be dry ground for church planting—are fertile soil for just this type of strategy, and
10 Ways to Help Single Women Flourish in Ministry
Whether single or married, we can all advocate for single women in ministry. - Article
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
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
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.
Planting an Immigrant Church in America's Whitest City
Meet the retiree-turned-pastor who's creating a home for Portland's Arabic Christians.
Planting an Immigrant Church in America's Whitest City. Meet the retiree-turned-pastor who's creating a home for Portland's Arabic Christians. DL Mayfield.
13 Tips for Women Church Planters
Beyond where to plant and what strategy to use - Article
be made. For instance, how will you prepare yourself: seminary training, extensive reading, studying church planting strategies, or an apprenticeship?
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.
Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you. - Article
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
Top 10 Resources for Church Planters
Essential tools for a hard calling.
Learn More. In recent years, we've witnessed a florescence in church planting. It's one of journey. 1. Church Planting Networks and Tribes. Since church
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.
Burnout Is a Danger, Whatever Your Church Size
I exhausted myself trying to expand our little church, then again when I couldn’t keep up with the growth.
I went to seminary. As I began my final year, he asked if I had ever thought about planting a church. I thought it was a crazy idea! Yet he somehow convinced
Introducing Lent to Your Congregation
It starts with your example.
as an assistant pastor. As a full-time church planting resident, I had an opportunity to preach once a month for three years. I took this responsibly seriously
Support for Women Church Planters
How the Exponential Conference made me feel part of a tribe - Article
Seven Key Issues Church Planters Face, a report prepared by Exponential, begins with these words: “Church planting is hard. Church planting is discouraging.
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. - Article
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.
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
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.
7 Pulpit Alternatives for the Desperate Church Planter
When your sanctuary comes from a storage trailer, sometimes you need to get creative.
1. The Music Stand. Image: leosia niezgodka / Flickr. Pros: A stand-ard (get it?) for church planting; doubles as the worship leader's stand; folds up nicely in storage.
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