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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.