Living the Book of Acts
We understand the challenges involved in starting a new ministry from scratch. We also understand the amazing possibilities. If you’re considering planting a church or are in the early stages, we’d love to walk alongside you through the process.
We can help you understand the different stages of planting a church—from vision to team building to leadership development. We can help you think through the essential issues to consider along the way—including prayer, finances, structure, and outreach.
And if you have a vision for planting not just one church, but many churches– a multiplying movement of churches — then you’ll definitely want to connect with us to be better prepared and resourced for the amazing adventure that lies ahead.
If you expect your church plant to grow beyond your own personal capacity to lead others, you absolutely need to develop leadership in your church. There are two elements to this challenge: developing people and developing the organization. The people development side...read more
Jesus never called us to plant churches. He called us to make disciples. The very last words Jesus spoke to his disciples were these: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the...read more
Many years ago I was asked to lead a retreat with leaders of a parent church and leaders of a soon-to-be-formed daughter church. They wanted to address “the emotional dimensions of church planting,” specifically between a mother church and a daughter church. I thought...read more
The entry below is a story from a church planter. I am an elementary school teacher by profession, but God was calling me to plant a church. I was partway into the planting process, and had decided that this year would substitute teach so I could focus more of my time...read more
If you can reach people for Jesus and multiply them into three groups, then you’re 80% of the way to being a church planter. Potential planters start a missional community that multiplies to three functioning communities-- and that’s the core of a church plant. After...read more
This blog entry continues the story of the church planter from yesterday’s blog entry. The church service I had started prematurely was already dying, so I took it off life support. We had moved to the local Starbucks, switching from worship to prediscipleship, and in...read more
Enjoy the entry below, courtesy of one of the church planters I’m coaching: We had gotten to the point of starting a worship service, but it was not going well. Something was wrong. Not the numbers, those were okay. But we weren’t attracting the crowd I was looking...read more
My friend and colleague in ministry Chuck Ridley recently posted some thoughts on creating ownership of ministry on www.churchplanting.com. He observes that this is one of the most significant weaknesses many church planters face. Definitely worth checking out the...read more
An effective children’s ministry-- whatever form that may take-- is really important for most church plants. The one exception I can think of is New Song Church because they were primarily reaching college students and singles. They didn’t have any form of children’s...read more
A new study Bible is being released that focuses on God’s mission throughout scripture. I have an article in it called, “The birth of intentional church planting.” I’ve included an excerpt from that article here: Acts 13 marks an important shift in church history: ...read more