Category: General Church Planting
Church Planter Assessment
Church planting is not for everyone. It requires a unique calling and befitting gifts. That’s why church planting churches and organization must be selective in who they enlist and support to plant churches. If our goal is to produce healthy reproducing churches, we need to start with healthy reproducing leaders. […]
What preaching pathway works best for the early years of a church plant?
Use the first 3 years to establish your church and establish your people. Adopt flexible preaching pathways that free the pastor to lead. Preaching in the early years of a church plant establish the DNA of the church and establish a solid foundation for the people you attract. Or perhaps […]
Rowing in the Same Direction — Effective Assimilation
Church planter Jeff Gauss was concerned. He was observing that the very people he was trying to attract to his church were unintentionally being made to feel excluded or inferior. “There was this barrier for our un-churched people who would come in to a small group and they felt like […]
The New Offering Basket
We live in the age of the internet. This is why large retail stores like Macy’s and Wal-Mart are closing physical locations and investing more resources into their e-commerce departments. They know they have to do this in order to compete with internet based companies like Amazon. If they don’t […]
Gaining Momentum in the Midst of Turmoil
Transitions can be awkward! Much is written about the more awkward church transitions – going from one service to two, growing from a school gymnasium to your own building, starting up a new campus. And perhaps the most awkward transitions of all are those that take you from nothing to […]
Why Do We Plant Churches?
I care about church planting because my world was turned upside down by the Gospel. I encountered the truth and love of Jesus and it transformed my life. And since then, I have also seen the Gospel transform the lives of countless others. I just finished an 11-month church-planting residency with […]
Church-Follower or Christ-Follower?
Where does your discipleship strategy lead? If making disciples is in your mission statement, it should translate into your resource allocation. At Church @ The Springs in Ocala, Florida, led by church-planting expert Ron Sylvia, there was great concern about the results of Willow Creek’s Reveal Study a number of […]
Timing Is Everything: Why Your Pre-launch Phase Matters
I’m an ENTP. That’s not an abbreviation for entrepreneur, but it could be. It’s my Myers-Briggs personality profile. Statistically speaking, most church planters tend to be ENTP or a similar profile, with a knack for starting new things and the gumption to dream big. But often what accompanies the “typical” […]
Exponential Regionals – Fall 2016
This fall Exponential will bring its message of church multiplication to Washington, D.C. and Chicago, increasing the reach and impact of our 2016 theme, Becoming Five. New Exponential Regional Conferences: Sept. 12-13, Washington, D.C., New Life Christian Church Nov. 15-16, Chicago, Community Christian Church The new Exponential Regional Conferences are […]
Launch Plan Tip #288 — Select Church Name
Every legal entity must have a name. In the case of the church, the name communicates many things about who you are. The name of the church should flow directly out of your philosophy of ministry. Once you have defined the mission, vision and core values for the church, you’re […]