According to Len Sweet in his book, Soul Tsunami, there are essentially four kinds of churches. 1. Mission churches. These churches are on the front lines of gospel expansion. They have a radar for the "ungospelized," and desire to have others discover the joy of the gospel by serving, reaching and discipling these new, unreached people. … Continue reading Let’s Set Sail! (or, Four Kinds of Churches)
God chooses and uses the weak things of this world to accomplish supernatural results in ministry. I think we need to emphasize “supernatural,” because there can also be “worldly” results in the church. Numbers. Programs. Energy. Fame. And so we look for leaders like Saul. Big. Impressive. Powerful. But God’s model for a leader would … Continue reading Unschooled, Ordinary Men
There are three metaphors that have helped me understand the dynamics of change. However, I need to mention that most of my lessons in this area have come the hard way. How I wish I had known these things years ago! Okay, okay... even if I'd known them, I proably would not have put them … Continue reading Understanding the Dynamics of Change
Before my family moved to Dahlonega, GA, to plant a church, a friend of mine told me not to plant a church. He wasn't saying for me not to move to Dahlonega or that he didn't want a new church established there. He simply said, "Go live the gospel (teach it and preach it as … Continue reading Should We Stop Planting Churches?
Mark Driscoll has produced a number of vodcasts dealing with various issues in church leadership. One segment describes the different phases church plants go through as they grow. According to Driscoll, in order for the planter to be effective in leading the church through these transitions, he needs to know which game he is playing: … Continue reading Church Growing Pains: Know Which Game You are Playing
Yesterday at the ATL Church Planting Network's monthly gathering, Bob Cargo and Shane Wheeler provided the training segment, focusing on gospel-centered preaching in a post-modern context. Here are ten tips that I gleaned from their helpful presentation. We must exegete both the text and our culture. Continually distinguish the gospel from religion. Always be reading … Continue reading Ten Tips for Post-Modern Preaching
While this is aimed at church planters, any of us who are entrepreneur-type workaholics and addicted to success will benefit from this post by Mac Lake. For a more high-res view, just click on the text below.
Thanks to Mac Lake for his helpful posts on mistakes pastors make in sacrificing the wrong things in ministry. These mistakes can be made in any vocation, but seem to be particularly hazardous for us church planting types. Click on the image below to see a more high res shot. To read more, Mac's blog … Continue reading The Pastor, His Children and Church Planting
Wow - I would love to be there for this cross-denominational church planting event! via vimeo.com
via facebook.com Thanks Shari for sharing this classic "how to" video on church planting. So helpful!
Today was our monthly CPN meeting in Buckhead/ATL. Randy Pope led the teaching on training disciples, which was excellent. It is always good to connect with my fellow church planters and coaches. Great time! See the full gallery on Posterous
when: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM what: A luncheon for Church Planters and Network Leaders, sponsored by the Atlanta Church Planting Alliance, West Ridge Church and Perimeter Church. who: Speaker: Darrin Patrick: Darrin serves as lead pastor of The Journey in Saint Louis, MO, that he founded in 2002. Darrin also serves … Continue reading ATL Church Planting Alliance Luncheon- Jan. 20, 2010
To all of you church planter types out there, I highly recommend GCA training. Good gospel camaraderie and great teaching. Besides, Florida in January... 'Nuf said. Check out their website for more information.