Here are three principles we should all consider so that we might plant churches for the infinite pleasure of God’s glory over and against our own profit.
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.
Blessings and burdens mingle together as we live in this world that groans for the Day of redemption.
Learn best practices, learn how to engage the lost, learn how to lead your church well to engage its community, but don’t do so by moving away from the gospel, the Scriptures, and a biblical understanding of church.
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.
You need a robust ecclesiology that’s in place well before you start trying to plant a church.
You can lead a church plant and not be an entrepreneur. But you shouldn’t lead a church plant if you’re not a pastor.
Don’t just minister to widows; mobilize them. Don’t discount them; deploy them.
Meaningful membership upholds glad-hearted catholicity.
Yes, plant churches. But do so after counting the cost.
For all the good of catholicity, an over-realized catholicity is potentially poisonous.
In our meek Savior we see both restraint and boldness in perfect harmony.
Against the Reformation’s backdrop of such vehemence and occasional violence, there are also sterling examples of Christian partnership and catholicity.
Here are five lessons I have learned in the decade since I first arrived in an unfamiliar city with my husband, who had the task of planting a new church.