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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?
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
Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you.
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
13 Tips for Women Church Planters
Beyond where to plant and what strategy to use
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.
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.
Feeling Anonymous in Ministry
The power of being seen, recognized, and named.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
or meet the needs of the people. So, instead of getting bigger, church growth means planting new congregations in nearby neighborhoods or villages.
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
Tempted to Compare
One scan of social media left me feeling defeated.
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.
Support for Women Church Planters
How the Exponential Conference made me feel part of a tribe
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.
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
Should a Church Set Goals?
5 reasons, despite the resistance, to set goals rather than merely to make plans.
be constantly wrestling with the question, “How are we going to do something about that?” It could be planting a certain The church today faces more difficult dilemmas than ever before.
The Astonishing Power of Small Churches: Fan the Flame
Let’s encourage, connect and equip innovative small church leaders as each one plays their part.
with building large congregations, God has been planting small churches like spiritual seeds in thirsty ground, into every possible furrow on earth. Alongside our big church brothers and
Big Cities Need Great Small Churches, Too
Alongside big churches, we need an explosion of smaller, niche churches to infiltrate neighborhoods and challenge us to think differently.
The problem with the church in big cities isn't that we have too many small churches, it's that we don't have enough of them. When Big City People Have Small Church Needs.