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CHURCH ZERO

by Peyton Jones: When Jesus ascended with His work unfinished, He knew that no one person was going to be able to follow in His wake. The five kitbags each represent a specific skillset necessary for a church leadership team, like a sapper, sniper, commando, Navy SEAL, and heavy weapons […]

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Unique to Your Gifts, Passions and Walk with Christ

Written by Bobby Harrington and Greg Wiens: Your ability to make disciples is not dependent on personality, position, knowledge, education, age ethnicity, background, season of life, or your score on this disciple maker assessment. Your disciple making ability is not dependent on your gifts, passions and walk with Christ. There are […]

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Resisting Spiritual Colonialism & Ambulance Chasing

By Daniel Im: For this month’s segment, Ed and I had the privilege of talking with Mark Jobe, Lead Pastor of New Life Community Church. New Life currently has over 20 locations in the Chicago-land area. Replanting and Restarting Having successfully launched 25 locations around Chicago, 14 of which were restarts, […]

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Why Gifting ISN’T Enough

by Peyton Jones: Church planting is the spiritual equivalent of Boot Camp.  You know why they have Boot Camp right?  It’s to weed out the sissies.  You’ve got to have grace, grit, and gumption to stay on and stick it out as a planter.  You need stamina. My biggest fear […]

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Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity

by Ed Stetzer: One of the most vital yet understudied streams of church ministers is the bivocational pastor. This is that pastor who, either out of necessity or intentionality, works as both the pastor of a local church and in the secular marketplace. Already, more than one-third of all American pastors […]

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New Release – Together: A Guide for Couples Doing Ministry Together

by Greg Ligon: Being a couple in ministry is a daunting and difficult task. Many couples find that ministry is all-encompassing, time with your spouse is hard to prioritize, the pressure is overwhelming and balance seems impossible. It’s a unique calling with unique challenges and often comes with less-than-adequate preparation, […]

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Episode 217: Am I too old to Plant a Church? 

by NewChurches.com: How old is too old to be a church planter? In Episode 217 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss what it takes to be a church planter, and if age has anything to do with it. Here’s Randy with today’s question: I am in my mid […]

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Challenges to Becoming a Multicultural Church

By Ed Stetzer: One of the biggest issues in our culture is race relations. I write about it often, and the latest #Charlottesville incident reminds us of the brokenness we face in this area. One of the biggest knocks on the Church is that 11:00 on Sunday morning is still the most segregated […]

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Episode 216: Church Planting Assessments

by NewChurches.com: How important are church planting assessments? In Episode 216 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss church planting assessments. Here’s Casey with today’s question: How do you prepare for a church planting assessment? How do you advise someone who did not do well on the assessment? In […]

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Fall In, Church Planter!

by Peyton Jones: Church Planter, I want to congratulate you for the journey that you’re about to go on. You’re about to enlist yourself as a soldier in God’s frontline kingdom advance.In WW2, Dwight Eisenhower, along with our European allies, were faced with the daunting task of taking Europe back from […]