THE CHURCH PLANTING PASTOR
Ecclesiology can’t be assumed nor should it be considered a distraction to the church planter’s “mission.”
We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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
I think we should stop talking about “launching” new church plants and instead refer to them “covenanting” for the first time.
No matter the costs and effects of church planting on the planting church, the Lord is always faithful.
I love gospel clarity and biblical ecclesiology, but I’m concerned about the anti-practical nature we sometimes see in the 9Marks community.
Our church was getting full, and we knew we needed to do something. So, we planted a church . . . in the same building.
Our three-year old church had 84 members. In order to plant a church, we split in half.
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.
Our church waited three years to put our church documents in order, and we suffered for it.
What’s needed to plant a church isn’t the wisdom of Jim Collins, but the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I moved my family to New England, eager to plant a church. A few years later, it failed.
In a church merger, you must understand the two existing cultures and lead them to become one. Here are five ways to do that.
When should two churches merge despite the differences—and when should they stay separate precisely because of their differences?
Four things I learned from our successful and fruitful church merger—almost 20 years after it happened.
I've attempted to lead our church toward two church mergers, but neither have worked out. Here's what I've learned.
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.
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
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.
This perspective on what it takes to plant a church is simply overwhelming, and worse than that, it’s not biblical.
As long as you’re aware of its errors, this book offers insights for the prospective church planter.