If you had no fear, how would you go make disciples?
by Bobby Harrington: The prospect of making disciples of Jesus fills many people with fear, and if we’re honest, many ministers and pastors feel the anxiety in themselves, too! I know I’m sometimes tempted to be afraid… whether because of past hurts or struggles to get through or various other […]
Valuing Diversity Like Jesus Did
By Obe Arellano: One of the best parts of having a Spanish speaking ministry as a part of your church is the perspective it brings your organization. It brings diversity, which is a buzzword in today’s political climate. But what does that look like for the church? How essential is it […]
Releasing, Empowering, and Giving Permission
by Peyton Jones: I recently sat with my church planting team from Refuge Long Beach. We’d planted together and as I sat with the church planting team that I’d left over three years ago, we discussed the possibility of another site move. I could see it in their eyes. It was […]
Declining Attendance and 7 Preaching Shifts That Are Happening Right Now
by Carey Nieuwhof: Every week you host services at your church hoping to reach more people, which is admirable and appropriate. The problem is that the culture is changing and never bothered to ask you permission. In many ways, preachers are using a method that’s been around for centuries…if not millennia…which […]
Location Location Location
by Peyton Jones: I’ve looked at some pretty weird places to hold church. I once took my leaders to a trucker stop and they thought I was crazy. When they asked me where the childcare would go, I pointed at the ball pit over at the Burger King. One of the […]
10 Questions Church Leaders Should Be Asking (But Probably Aren’t)
by Rich Birch: Questions have a curious function in the life of a leader. A good question can often propel us forward more than a great answer. Our roles in leading our churches requires us to not only work in our ministry but to also take a step back and […]
Church Attendance Is Dying. Here’s What’s Next.
by Carey Nieuwhof: Church attendance is dying. Big time. It’s not just reflected in the size of the decline, it’s reflected in the quality and nuances of those numbers. At least two massive, seismic shifts are at work in our culture causing this. First, we’re moving from Christendom into a […]
What are You Launching?
by Peyton Jones: What are you going to do? You should have answered the question early on. Why is it always the same jack-in-the-box church that pops up all the time?Church history doesn’t remember the guys who just unpacked an Ikea prefab church in the middle of another neighborhood like a […]
CNLP 200: Joshua Gagnon on Rapid Growth, Launching Big and Staying Sane in Leadership
Joshua Gagnon planted Next Level Church a decade ago. It’s become the fastest growing and one of the largest churches in New England history, and has now expanded into Florida. Joshua talks about what’s driving the growth, how it’s keeping up and how he manages to stay sane amidst all […]
Two Church Planting Startup Models
By Ed Stetzer: It is important to remember that ‘missiology’ is not a thing. It is things. Some people say, “We just have to think missiologically.” But, they need to know that a missiology of a tribal people group in Papau New Guinea is very different than a missiology of Chicago’s […]