It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.
We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?
An enchantment with the city isn’t the same as a biblical love for the city, and it won’t sustain you in the long run.
As you patiently “preach and pray, love and stay,” you’ll find that your church has been planted on fertile soil that bears up good and lasting fruit.
Our church was getting full, and we knew we needed to do something. So, we planted a church . . . in the same building.
How do you serve the Lord as a church planter while broke?
I love gospel clarity and biblical ecclesiology, but I’m concerned about the anti-practical nature we sometimes see in the 9Marks community.
When God burdens a preacher for a people group, a neighborhood, or a block, it’s right for that preacher to go and become all things to all people so that he might save some.
By developing other leaders who can teach, disciple, evangelize, counsel, and shepherd the flock, you raise up others who can care for the health of all the church members.
I moved my family to New England, eager to plant a church. A few years later, it failed.
Our three-year old church had 84 members. In order to plant a church, we split in half.
There’s no way a finite heart can hold all the things a church planting wife will face in life and ministry. But Christ can, he does, and he will.
If evangelism is to be woven into the fabric of the life of a new church plant and its pastor, it takes some thought and planning.
When should two churches merge despite the differences—and when should they stay separate precisely because of their differences?
When laying the foundation for a new plant or revitalization, there’s truly no better advice than this: “Before you do anything else, make sure your people know that you love them.”