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The Dirty Secrets of Church Planting (Part 1)

Five hard truths they didn’t tell you in seminary.
The Dirty Secrets of Church Planting (Part 1)

Enjoy this candid take on the grittier side of church planting, by a pastor who’s living it. Have your own secrets to share? Add them in the comments, and look for Part 2 on Thursday. –Paul

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

We are in the midst of a great missionary movement in North America, as many young pastors are heeding the call to plant new churches. I write as one in that movement, having recently planted a church in a North American city.

Planting a church has been the greatest adventure of my life so far. I love the church that God has birthed, and count it a privilege to lead and pastor the people of my congregation and city. I intend to lead our church to plant other churches, and know many church planters who would say the same things. Together, we praise God for a movement that has turned the local church outward, brought many to faith in Christ, and is contributing towards the flourishing of American cities, towns, and families—even ...

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