Blog Posts on Church Planting

Church Planting and Missional Communities

David Mathis
Church Planting and Missional Communities

Milk cows and plant a church.

It’s a line ready-made by veteran New England planters to adjust the expectations of new ministry entrepreneurs in the region. Don’t expect a cushion of financial support and a nice cushy study and church building. Come ready to till tough soil and do bi-vocational work.

Many say that God seems to be moving in some fresh and exciting ways in the Northeast. Some of the most visible fruit includes Gospel Alliance New England, NETS... Continue Reading

Simple Church Planting

David Mathis
Simple Church Planting

It’s low-bar. It’s no frills. It’s a very simple model of planting, and challenges many of the prevailing notions about starting a new church.

You’d never have guessed that an academic dean and professor of Hebrew from a major seminary was behind it.

Miles Van Pelt has been in Jackson, Mississippi, for a decade. He teaches full-time at Reformed Theological Seminary. Over time, he and his family saw a need around them — people they knew who seemed interested in Jesus but were misfits... Continue Reading

Do You Have a Godly Ambition?

Jonathan Parnell

In this three-minute video, Dave Harvey talks about church planting, missions, and how we overcome the unbiblical brand that all ambition is bad:

Dave Harvey, Jeff Vanderstelt, and Ed Stetzer will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples."

For the reduced rate, register for the conference tonight before 11:59 PM (CDT).

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What Is a Missional Community?

Jeff Vanderstelt
What Is a Missional Community?

A missional community is a family of missionary servants who make disciples who make disciples.

Family

First of all, a missional community is a group of believers who live and experience life together like a family. They see God as their Father because of their faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the new regeneration brought about by the Holy Spirit. This means they have and know of a divine love that leads them to love one another as brothers and sisters.They treat... Continue Reading

When Is the Right Time to Plant a Church?

Jonathan Parnell

Two minute video with Dave Harvey:

Dave Harvey, Jeff Vanderstelt, and Ed Stetzer will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming National Conference,"Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples." Watch the video with Jeff on how pastors can make time for evangelism.

Register for the conference before Sunday midnight (CDT) for the early-bird rate of $145 per person (save $40).

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    The Crisis of History Deepens

    Jonathan Parnell

    Lesslie Newbigin writes:

    Once the gospel is preached and there is a community which lives by the gospel, then the question of the ultimate meaning of history is posed and other messiahs appear. So the crisis of history is deepened (The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989], 122, paragraphing mine).

    The advance of the gospel deepens the crisis of history. Newbigin's explanation here is fascinating. Before people are confronted with the gospel, we are... Continue Reading

    Planting Churches That Last (Part 3) - Study Others

    Dave Harvey
    Planting Churches That Last (Part 3) - Study Others

    (See the previous posts,Part 1 - Study the PastandPart 2 - Study Mistakes)

    Guess what I know about you? You think that what you’re involved in is the best thing God is doing right now. You think you’ve got something desperately needed in the church. Of course you do. Why else would you give, serve, sacrifice for it?! The guys over in the PCA, EV Free, SBC and Acts 29 all think the same thing. Me too. We all think we’ve figured it out. It’s a wonderful thing... Continue Reading

    Planting Churches That Last (Part 2) - Study Mistakes

    Dave Harvey
    Planting Churches That Last  (Part 2) - Study Mistakes

    (See the previous post,Planting Churches That Last (Part 1) - Study the Past)

    As a teenager, my buddy fancied himself a hotshot skateboarder. Trying to do an ollie (a jump and board flip in midair) he landed badly and snapped the bone in his arm. The real ache was 6 weeks of summer spent in a cast. Finally he got the cast off and … well, he immediately went back to the same spot and tried the same thing … and broke his arm. Same move, same bone, same result.... Continue Reading

    Planting Churches That Last (Part 1) - Study the Past

    Dave Harvey
    Planting Churches That Last (Part 1) - Study the Past

    The best car I ever owned was a ’72 Chrysler Valiant. My wife, Kimm, called it the “Wonder V,” as in, “I wonder why you think I want to ride in that.” But it was a tank on tires—so solidly built, I used it as a backstop for pitching practice. A baseball into the side of my present car would total it. It was a sad day when the “Wonder V” gave up the ghost. When something is solid, well-built, and passes the test of time, we need to value it.

    That’s the way we... Continue Reading