Blog Posts on Church Planting

Church Planting and Missional Communities

David Mathis

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…

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Simple Church Planting

David Mathis

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…

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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

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…

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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.…

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

    Dave Harvey

    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…

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