Church Planting and Revitalization

Book Review: The Mentoring Church, by Phil Newton

Review by Bob Johnson | 03.19.2018

No matter the size of your membership, your church can (and must) pursue leadership training—and this book provides the tools to do it.

What One Baptist Association from 1707 Can Teach Churches in 2018

By Jeff Robinson | 03.12.2018

Nowadays, local denominational associations are passé. But it wasn’t always that way.

Teaching Church Discipline in a Church Plant

By John Onwuchekwa | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Sin doesn’t ruin churches. Unconfessed and unaddressed sin does.

Fill Believers, Not Buildings: Why Success in Ministry Isn’t a Numbers Game

By Jaime Owens | 12.04.2017

The measure of a pulpit ministry isn’t its width, but its depth.

Five Lessons after 30 Years of Pastoring in Zambia

By Conrad Mbewe | 09.20.2017

I have neither felt underutilized nor overburdened. I am neither bored nor burnt-out. I am only grateful.

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques

By Andy Davis | 09.08.2017

If the Word of God isn’t central to a revitalization effort, no genuine, long-lasting transformation will ever occur.

Thinking Through the Missionary’s Influence in a New Church

By Scott Williamson | 08.04.2017

What role should cross-cultural church planters play in a new church plant?

VIDEO: How hard should a church work to reflect its surrounding neighborhood?

By Brian Davis | 07.04.2017

It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.