Church Planters as Local Missionaries

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 […]

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Why We Are 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 […]

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Imago Dei and Gospel Conversations

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 […]

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Our Default Mode for Preaching

Church planters face a myriad of decisions when they prepare to launch. One of these pertains to the kind of sermons they will preach. Should they preach topical or expository sermons? There are several solid reasons for making expository preaching the default mode for a church plant.   Expository preaching works through Scripture in the […]

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Better Together

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” [1] When churches work together to plant churches God is glorified. In 1961 John F. Kennedy famously charged citizens of the United States, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” the words […]

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