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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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He Blinded Me With Science

by Peyton Jones: Continuing from my previous blog, when you look at Paul, there was no “i” in his name, or in his methods. Paul recruited teams of diverse leaders. Like a wise master builder (or contractor), Paul was able to draft plumbers, framers, roofers, and electricians so to speak when […]

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I Can’t Wait Until We Are In Our Own Building

by Dave Travis: “I can’t wait until we are in our own building.” Not so fast. This statement is heard a lot among church planters and campus pastors who are currently in portable facilities. It is easy to get fatigued running the week in, week out, load in and load out […]

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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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Church Planting & Differentiation

by Ralph Moore: Every new business needs to differentiate itself from all others. Else, why the need for a new business? Church planting necessitates differentiation. These days, being different may open otherwise hostile hearts and minds. We face a rising generation more interested in healing hurts and sustaining resources than they […]

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Three Essentials for an Attractional Church Plant

By Drew Hyun: Over the past 40 years, the Christian church in America has been deeply impacted by the attractional church movement, a movement that emphasized for churches to be relatable and effective in reaching the unchurched. These attractional churches conducted services and programs in such a way that people would […]

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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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7 Pivotal Shifts That Will Revolutionize The Church In 2018

by Peyton Jones: Ever since I accidentally planted a church in a Starbucks, I’ve been on a quest. Arthur sent his knight errant in pursuit of the Holy Grail, whereas I am on a perpetual search for a link to what Paul did in the first century. Something Apostolic. Something that will break […]

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6 Dirty Secrets about Multisite Churches That (Almost) No-one is Talking About

by Rich Birch: Is your church considering going multisite? It would seem like every church leader I talk with is wrestling with this approach on reaching new communities. Studies have shown that basically every growing church is either already multisite or actively looking into it. I’ve been a practitioner of […]