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Category: Philosophy


How to make your church Gospel-Centered

by Mark Dever: Here are 15 practical things you can do to help keep your church Gospel-centered. Mark Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D. C., and the President of 9Marks. You can find him on Twitter at @MarkDever. Source: How to make your […]


Cities and Multiculturalism: Two Trends in Church Planting Today

By Ed Stetzer: I’ve written a lot on church planting. One of the things I’m continually reminded of is that as culture changes, so too does our strategy and methodology for planting churches. If we are focused on reaching people for Jesus, then we must be willing and able to plant […]


Episode 193: Contextualizing Multisite Campuses

What would it look like if every campus and church plant you start has a Kingdom-first mindset? In Episode 193 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss some assumptions and myths about the multisite model. Here’s Alvin with today’s question: When it comes to planting a multisite church, how […]


10 Characteristics of Movemental Christianity

By Ed Stetzer:  In the West, if and when we see movements of churches planting 1,000 churches in their lifetime, ?then we believe the following ten characteristics will be present. Based on our observations, movemental Christianity will have some of these characteristics. 1) Prayer. Prayer will need to be more than? […]


Missional Community

By Daniel Im:  What is missional community? In an individualistic culture, the term missional community is strange and out of the norm. To put others before yourself, to step outside of your comfort zone, to risk the possibility of being rejected for the gospel … it seems like an odd lifestyle. However, […]


Episode 191: Protecting Church Members from Burnout

How do you protect your church members from getting burnt out? In Episode 191 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, we’ll talk about some ways to avoid burnout for your church members. Here’s Allie with today’s question: How do you ensure that church members do not get burnt out in the […]


5 Essential Ingredients for Planting Purpose Driven Churches

by Brandon A. Cox: If the local church is the hope of the world… then we need more local churches. As I write this, I’m a couple of hours away from teaching a lab at Saddleback Church’s Hope Renewed conference on Planting Purpose Driven Churches. I’m a huge believer in the power […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]