Preparing to Church Plant
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.
Yes, plant churches. But do so after counting the cost.
A “whole church” approach to planting involves preparing, sending, and ongoing engagement of church planters and their teams.
You need a robust ecclesiology that’s in place well before you start trying to plant a church.
While churches are independent and autonomous, they also are interdependent for the sake of those who don’t know the Lord.
Emphasizing the acumen of Wall Street and the values of Silicon Valley in what to look for in a planter distracts us from paying attention to the New Testament’s emphases—who a man is.
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.
Trends should become norms only when they arise from biblical roots.
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.
Sending Out a Church Plant
We can always find reasons, even good ones, for not planting a church. And yet, the need for church planting in my town far outweighs whatever adverse effects we may face.
Here are four clear reasons why you should consider not joining a new church plant.
Pastors developing future leaders can help using these seven diagnostic questions.
Equipping women well and releasing them to serve surely benefits the home and church.
How do you shepherd the hearts of those who are sent? What about those who stay?
Planting a Church
The word covenant will help to shepherd our people into a richer, deeper, and more biblical picture of what the life of the local church is and what it’s not.
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.
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.
As you step into the laborious, weighty, joyful, and glorious work of church planting, I offer you four simple encouragements.
There are two great threats to gospel work in the world’s poor and unengaged communities today: the prosperity gospel and the encouragement toward rapid multiplication.
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.
Like King David, we don’t go armed from the armory of the world—no, our stones from the brook are promises from the Word of God.
As you carefully move forward in humility and with wisdom, be encouraged that God often uses cross-cultural work for his own glory.
International churches can work as strategic platforms for enhancing existing gospel work in a city.
If you are currently in the midst of a revitalization, don’t necessarily neglect church planting.
We waited three years to put our church documents in order, and we suffered for it.
I once asked a long-time pastor: “What’s one piece of advice you would give a first-time pastor preparing to plant a church?”
I simply want to offer an alternative to a costly building campaign or tying up resources in more bricks and mortar. That alternative is establishing a network of churches that partner together to share property and resources, and support each other in the work of the ministry.
In September our church did something crazy, and I offer six lessons we learned from the process.
Church Planting in Hindsight
Six church planters—national and international—explain how they wish they had counted the cost, which yields counsel for the rest of us.
Blessings and burdens mingle together as we live in this world that groans for the Day of redemption.
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.
Labor on developing polity before starting a church.
Our God wastes absolutely nothing.