THE CHURCH PLANTING PASTOR

You Can’t Plant a Church If You Don’t Know What a Church Is

By Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.19.2017

Ecclesiology can’t be assumed nor should it be considered a distraction to the church planter’s “mission.”

Church Plants Need Pastors, Not Entrepreneurs

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?

The Priority of Patience, Prayer, and Preaching in Church Planting

By Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.

The Church Planter’s Second Priority: Raising Up Leaders

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.

Personal Evangelism for the Church Planter and the Church Plant

By J. Mack Stiles | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.

Church Planters, Make Sure Your People Know You Love Them

By Steve Jennings | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.”

The Loneliness of Church Planting

By John Starke | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.

The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife

By Gloria Furman | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.

THE CHURCH PLANTING PROCESS

Stop Launching Churches! Instead, Covenant Together

By Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 07.17.2015

I think we should stop talking about “launching” new church plants and instead refer to them “covenanting” for the first time.

The Calculated Risks of Church Planting: Sending Your Best Members and Elders

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

No matter the costs and effects of church planting on the planting church, the Lord is always faithful.

What 9Marks Purists Should Know About Church Planting

By Ed Stetzer | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

I love gospel clarity and biblical ecclesiology, but I’m concerned about the anti-practical nature we sometimes see in the 9Marks community.

Church Planting in the Same Building

By Matthew Spandler-Davison | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

Our church was getting full, and we knew we needed to do something. So, we planted a church . . . in the same building.

Lessons Learned from Church-Planting by Peaceable Division

By Colin Clark | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

Our three-year old church had 84 members. In order to plant a church, we split in half.

How to Do Ministry When You Don’t Have Money

By Brian Davis | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

How do you serve the Lord as a church planter while broke?

Church Planting across Ethnic Lines

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.

Church Planters, Don’t Wait To Put Your Documents in Place!

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.01.2016

Our church waited three years to put our church documents in order, and we suffered for it.

Planting Churches for Pleasure, Not for Profit

By Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

What’s needed to plant a church isn’t the wisdom of Jim Collins, but the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Knowing When to Say When: Reflections from a Failed Church Plant

By Derek Bass | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

I moved my family to New England, eager to plant a church. A few years later, it failed.

CHURCH MERGERS

How to Merge Two Church Cultures

By Dave Russell | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

In a church merger, you must understand the two existing cultures and lead them to become one. Here are five ways to do that.

Church Mergers and Tolerable Irregularities

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

When should two churches merge despite the differences—and when should they stay separate precisely because of their differences?

Anatomy of a Church Merger

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

Four things I learned from our successful and fruitful church merger—almost 20 years after it happened.

What I Learned from Two Failed Church Mergers

By Matthew Cunningham | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

I’ve attempted to lead our church toward two church mergers, but neither have worked out. Here’s what I’ve learned.

When Two Become One: Legal Considerations of a Church Merger

By Jonathan Rourke | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

This article outlines the legal considerations of a church merger. It’s not a recipe for the success of the marriage, but a roadmap for blending families. It’s not very romantic, but it’s necessary.

Audio Interviews with Pastors Who Attempted Church Mergers

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.

PASTORS' TALK PODCAST

Episode 19: Church Mergers and Plants

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

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.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century, by Aubrey Malphurs

Review by John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

This perspective on what it takes to plant a church is simply overwhelming, and worse than that, it’s not biblical.

Book Review: Proliferate: A Church Planting Strategy for Everyday Churches, by Jason Crandall

Review by John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

As long as you’re aware of its errors, this book offers insights for the prospective church planter.

Church Mergers and Plants

Summer 2017
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Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017
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Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016
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The Church Praying

Spring 2016
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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

Winter 2016
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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Fall 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014
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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014
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Evangelism – Part 2

November–December 2013
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Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013
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Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013
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Church and Churches

May—June 2013
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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012
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Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012
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Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012
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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012
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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012
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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

November—December 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

September—October 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011
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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011
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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011
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Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011
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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010
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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010
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Pastoring Women

July—August 2010
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Deacons

May—June 2010
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A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009

Missions

July—August 2009

Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

March–April 2009

Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

January–February 2009

Counseling in the Church

November–December 2008

Family & Parenting

September–October 2008

Marriage & Pastor’s Wives

July—August 2008

Living As a Church

May–June 2008

Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

May–June 2007

Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

Miscellaneous Articles

December 1999
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