The term “church planting” has required some self-evaluation and re-clarification over the last few years because of its current buzz-word status. In the last three decades, virtually any church start, opening, or new location has been classified under the heading of “church planting”. This includes the organic small group meeting in a home that slowly […]Read More Church Planters as Local Missionaries
Planting a church takes more than preaching well. But it can’t handle less than that. One of the perennial challenges of preaching well is getting your sermon off to a good start. The effect of a sermon introduction is disproportionate to its size. The two or three minute introduction (yes, less is more) will determine […]Read More Getting your Sermon off to a Good Start
At risk of offending in my first blog post, I’ve often struggled with claims of doing things “God’s Way”—whether “Growing Kids God’s Way”, “Leading God’s Way”, “Marriage God’s Way”, etc., we often blur the lines between our attempts at doing things in a Godly way and claims of having a corner one “God’s Way” of […]Read More Growing Churches God’s Way—Obedience-Based Church Planting
When Mary and I find ourselves talking about church planting, we often get the question, “Why?” It’s a common misconception that because there appears to be churches on every corner in the majority of American communities, there is little to no need for new ones. Here are just a few of the reasons why we […]Read More Why We Are Church Planting
A common complaint I hear from church planters is, “I don’t know how to start meeting people in my community for spiritual conversations. I don’t have a natural way to meet new people.” The planter perceives the problem to be meeting new people, when the problem is often related to seeing new people. One of […]Read More Imago Dei and Gospel Conversations
“A church with the truth of the gospel in its theology can produce the opposite of the gospel in its practice.” Ray Ortlund Jr., who planted a church in Nashville, Tennessee, makes this observation in his book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ. Ideally, the gospel should create “a culture of […]Read More Practicing the Gospel in Church Life
In one of my first classes in seminary, a seasoned professor stood up and said, “If you are here because you think ministry is an easy job where you can hide or you are lazy and not ready to work hard, get out.” Those may not have been the exact words he used, but the […]Read More Are You “Called” to Ministry?