Audio from two recent 9Marks events at 2017’s Southern Baptist Convention.
We just released a Journal on church planting and church mergers. Because neither Mark nor Jonathan wrote an article for it, we devoted this episode of Pastors’ Talk to the topic.
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.
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?
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.
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.
This perspective on what it takes to plant a church is simply overwhelming, and worse than that, it’s not biblical.
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.”
Recently, Jonathan Leeman sat down with three groups of pastors to talk to them about their experience with church mergers—whether they failed or succeeded.