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Nine Systems Within a Church Planting System

By Ed Stetzer: Looking across the spectrum of church planting networks and denominations, there are nine basic systems that make up a typical Church Planting System in a North American church planting network. Prayer A prayer strategy is the lifeline of any church planting network. One example of this is a […]

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Training Sucks

by Peyton Jones:  So you think you’re called to lead a team into hostile territory? It’s not for the faint of heart. Paul lays out requirements for ministry that serve as barbed wire obstacles that every church planter has to either crawl over, or walk away from. If you think you’ve […]

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Leadership Conversations with Mac Lake

by Peyton Jones: This week I have something new for you. Last month I was able to sit down with my good friends and great leader, Mac Lake. In this conversation, we talk about the call to church planting, building a team, and maximizing your team’s calling. I’m keeping this […]

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Depression, Suicide, and the Pastor.

by Peyton Jones: This week Peyton Jones and Pete Mitchell sit down to talk about another very serious topic…Depression, Suicide, and the Pastor. To get straight to listening click here and to download in iTunes click here. We know this can be an extremely sensitive topic but we feel that it’s one that needs […]

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The Scandal of Church Planting

by Peyton Jones: Stop and think about the implications of this. Everyday believers who had their gifts awoken, and were living in microchurches found it no challenge at all to organically plant a church when all you changed was their address. When you moved them geographically, they became little seeds […]

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From Volunteer to Church Planter

By New Churches Team: It Starts With a Vision. Do you feel like God has recently given you a vision for something that seems big and unattainable? Maybe it’s scary to think about all the work it would take to launch that idea. You just aren’t sure where to start, and so […]

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Why Rural Ministry Should Matter for Every Church with Dr. Glenn Daman

by Rich Birch: Thanks for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m happy to introduce a new friend and guest, Dr. Glenn Daman, pastor at River Christian Church near Portland, Oregon. River Christian is a small church in a rural community near Portland. Glenn is with […]

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Balancing Family, Work and Ministry

by Peyton Jones: I hope you enjoyed this series on the real life factors of becoming a bi-vocational minister. If you missed any of the posts you can find links back to them here.BALANCING THREE FACTORS Types of Employment PERSONAL FINANCES In summary, Ninjas have catlike reflexes. They can move […]

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6 Things That Make Ministry Harder Than It Was A Decade Ago

by Carey Nieuwhof: Ever feel like ministry is harder than it was a decade ago? You’re not alone. I am an eternal optimist when it comes to the church, but I agree that ministry is more challenging than it’s ever been. Understanding why is key to figuring out what to do and how […]

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Balancing Three Factors

by Peyton Jones: Ninjas don’t have a lot of decisions to make. They don’t get to pick what color to wear. For ninjas black is always the new black. However, to a bivocational ninja there are career choices to be made. There are three factors of choosing a career path that […]