Church Planting and Revitalization
I have neither felt underutilized nor overburdened. I am neither bored nor burnt-out. I am only grateful.
If the Word of God isn’t central to a revitalization effort, no genuine, long-lasting transformation will ever occur.
What role should cross-cultural church planters play in a new church plant?
It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.
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.
We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?
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.
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.
Our church was getting full, and we knew we needed to do something. So, we planted a church . . . in the same building.
How do you serve the Lord as a church planter while broke?
I love gospel clarity and biblical ecclesiology, but I’m concerned about the anti-practical nature we sometimes see in the 9Marks community.
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.
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.
I moved my family to New England, eager to plant a church. A few years later, it failed.
Our three-year old church had 84 members. In order to plant a church, we split in half.