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 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?
Whether you’re thinking about the possibility of church planting or actively engaged in the planting process, one of the biggest questions in your journey will be “Where do I find the people to start a new church?” If you’re reading this and feeling anxious because you have no clue where to start, don’t worry–you’re NOT […]Read More 4 Simple Steps to Recruiting a Launch Team
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”  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 […]Read More Better Together
We sometimes think of church planting as one way to do church. But just as every human being was once a baby, every church was once a plant. It is the only way to do church. Church planting is part and parcel of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).Read More Why Plant a New Church?