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Category: Leadership


Personal Evangelism for the Church Planter and the Church Plant

by J. Mack Stiles: Most pastors I know start a church plant with a deep desire to do evangelism. In one sense, what else would you do? Hardly any new pastor sets out to start a church by “sheep stealing.” They want a vibrant, cross-focused, Jesus-centered church that hums with […]


What Do Highly Effective Organizations Measure?

by Dick Blanc: As we continue to introduce more and more large churches to our RoadMap process, we’ve found this introductory content to be extremely beneficial to leaders who are looking to understand what it takes to grow and lead high-performing organizations. Over the next few weeks we will be republishing […]


Episode 189: Leadership & Multiethnic Ministry

How do you keep your congregation unified when there is a language barrier? In Episode 189 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, we’ll talk about some ways to remove the language barrier in a multiethnic ministry. Here’s Lynn with today’s question: Do you recommend utilizing headsets for a congregation that speaks […]


5 Hidden Habits of Healthy Churches

by Rich Birch: I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most remarkable churches across the country over the last ten years. Perhaps one of the greatest honors is that I have witnessed the incredible leadership in these organizations personally. Working so closely with churches, I’ve noticed several […]


The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife

by Gloria Furman: No two church planting wives are the same. Our unique church contexts, seasons, personalities, challenges, gifts, perspectives, and preferences could fill volumes. WHAT’S DIFFERENT If you sat down for chai with Ananya in Ahmedabad and asked her to discuss the blessings and burdens of being a church […]


Ideas for Your Summer Reading List

By Warren Bird: What’s on your summer reading list? Here are my recommendations for church leaders: Bigger Faster Leadership by Samuel R. Chand   Renowned leadership consultant, Samuel R. Chand details the account of the construction of the Panama Canal, and draws parallels between it and successful leadership methodology. An […]


The Loneliness of Church Planting

by John Starke: For the last decade or so, there’s been a deepened interest in urban church planting. Young guys move into big cities with visions of planting “a church for the city.” They want to live in the neighborhoods that many evangelical churches attempted to escape in previous decades. […]


How to Stop Saying I’m Sorry To Your Family

by Frank Bealer:  I have several friends from Canada and whenever we get together I’ve noticed they tend to apologize for everything. They say sorry even when the fault is clearly not their own. It’s unnecessary if you ask me, but it could explain why our neighbors to the north […]


Church Planting across Ethnic Lines

by Joel Kurz: Nine years ago, my wife and I (both of us white) moved into a neighborhood where we were an ethnic minority. We wanted to plant a church. Over the years, our idealism has been crushed, we’ve hit rock bottom, experienced a rebirth of vision, and have slowly […]


3 Truths About The Accelerating Pace of Change and Leadership

by Carey Nieuwhof:  When was the last time you had a productive conversation about the pace of change? In many businesses, that conversation happens all the time. In church world….it rarely happens. Instead, church leaders will talk about how hard it is to change and how slow the pace of change […]