Church Planting

The Best Kind of Mercy Ministry – Christian Article

There are no easy answers when it comes to how we should help the poor. Just look at how nonprofits and government organizations abound in poor communities across the world. Many of these groups do good work, and we should thank God for his common grace where we see it helping to alleviate unjust suffering.  But as Christians, we know that people’s deepest needs transcend what can be seen. As John Piper has aptly said, “Christians care about all suffering,…

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How an International Partnership Could Benefit Your Church – Christian Article

Your weeks are crazy. There’s the worship-team meeting, weekly small group, counseling that couple in crisis—oh, and a sermon to write. Add to that your worship space was unexpectedly pulled out from under you, and your children’s ministry director just stepped down. I can relate. My husband and I have served as church planters in both the United States and also abroad for nearly two decades. We know how easily the tyranny of the urgent rules a church planter’s days. Often…

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Maybe the Chairs SHOULDN’T Match – Home – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This week I’m at the Orange Conference. This table is not from this years theme. In fact in will quite likely not even be mentioned at all this week. But, as I walked around the conference I found myself looking at this table. As I looked at it, the symbolism of it struck me. This is not about a pretty picture. It’s not about a perfect place setting, worthy of a magazine. This table, and these chairs are about a…

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Training Pastors and Planters in the Church, by the Church, for the Church – Christian Article

Bible literacy is becoming rare as theological confusion spreads around the world. We must combat theological poverty with robust theological training of pastors. Pastor training is critical to our mission, and Acts 29 trains church-planting pastors and aspiring church planters in a number of ways. The newly announced Grimké Seminary is one of those ways. Grimké Seminary exists to train pastors and planters who are characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation. Grimké specializes in training men for…

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Two Church Votes—One was Joyful and the Other was Sorrowful—Both Resulted in Tears – Christian Article

If you’ve been a member within a local church for any length of time, you know that being engaged with a church family has both highs and lows associated with it—much like your nuclear family.  This past week, as we gathered for our quarterly membership meeting, we reviewed items of business and heard from various pastors within our church on ministry reports and important service opportunities that are approaching on the horizon.  What came next were two conclusive church votes,…

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How We Accidentally Planted a Church – Christian Article

We drove down a dusty dirt road, wondering when we’d reach our destination. We were told it was only three miles from the main highway, but the washed-out road and muddy terrain made it feel a lot longer. My wife and I had arrived in Guatemala just a couple months prior, and we were both eager (read: nervous) to get to know the people of the village we were driving toward. God had compelled us to “rescue those being led…

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Maturity Matters in Church Planting – Christian Article

In pastoral ministry, we can easily overemphasize confidence, charisma, and skill. And if this is true in pastoral ministry, it’s all the more true in church planting. As we train and assess planters, it’s easy for us to place an unhealthy emphasis on a person’s “competence.” Let’s be clear: These things aren’t meaningless. They have value. But Christian maturity—that is, growing in Christlikeness—is infinitely more valuable than how much you know or how impressive your skill set. It is ultimately about…

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How Discipling and Church Planting Catalyze Each Other – Christian Article

According to Scripture, the priority of disciple-making is undeniable. Jesus himself made it abundantly clear: We’re to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19). This lies at the heart of the church’s mandate: To make disciples who make disciples. And church planting is a catalyst for this very endeavor. Church planters, then, must be those who are able to develop a culture of biblical discipleship in their churches. If we want to see God glorified in the world through the…

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‘Conviction’ Isn’t Enough to Plant a Church – Christian Article

John Stott famously said that the secret to effective preaching is not mastering certain techniques, but being mastered by certain convictions. The same is true for church planting. And when it comes to planting a church, people commonly suggest various tricks and tips. But we need something more. We need theological foundations that will stand the test of time. Theological foundations drive us to church planting, and theological convictions will keep us faithful in church planting. And yet, a person with…

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Must Your Church Have a ‘Vision’? – Christian Article

Church planter, one of the key questions to answer early on is whether you are committed to a compelling or a competing vision for your church plant. Let me explain. After more than a decade in the church-planting world, I’ve seen many a planter crash on the rocks by pushing a vision that, in the end, can neither carry the weight of the task nor take the core group with it. And at the end of the day, we already have the…

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The Gospel Does Not ‘Float Downstream’ from Big Cities – Christian Article

Small towns and rural areas across the world need churches; they won’t be reached with the gospel by default. And many such places in the United States are growing increasingly secular—churches are dying faster than new ones are being planted. While it’s right to highlight the need to plant churches in large, growing urban centers, we would be mistaken to assume that the gospel will automatically “float downstream” from big cities. If we don’t intentionally give ourselves to seeing churches planted…

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