Don't Punch the Baby - Protecting Your Newborn Church

Don’t Punch the Baby: Protecting Your Newborn Church

This is a no-brainer, right? Everyone knows this. Hold gently. Swaddle securely. Protect from all manner of injury at all costs. New and expecting families pay billions of dollars for monitors, safety gates, cribs, carriers, high-chairs, strollers, and car seats for the sole purpose of protecting the baby. No one thinks of punching a baby. … Continued

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Practical Tips for Church Plant Fundraising

Practical Tips for Church Plant Fundraising

While I am not a fundraising professional, I have learned a few things as a church planter. If you are going to plant a church as well and eventually purchase a building, you will most likely need to raise money. Here are some practical tips I’ve picked up along the way. Know Who to Ask … Continued

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Making Friends About Jesus

Making Friends About Jesus

Like most churches, our church does groups. We call them community groups. We believe the most beautiful place to be broken and to mend, tell and be told the truth, and show and be shown compassion is in a community group. Our vision for community groups is “making friends about Jesus.” Making Friends The basis … Continued

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3 Considerations for Mission Teams

3 Considerations for Mission Teams

When your church is just being started, the temptation is to take all the help you can get. While this is mostly, if not completely, true when it comes to finances, it is not always the case with mission teams filled with volunteers. Without proper planning and leadership, a large group of helpers can actually … Continued

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Dear Church Plant Volunteer

Dear Church Plant Volunteer Leader, Thank you. Thank you for helping plant this church. For knowing how to serve and being willing to teach others to do so. Thank you for stepping into the crazy world of leading people. You may notice I called you leader. Perhaps you don’t think of yourself as such, but … Continued

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Strategic Reasons to Start a Second Service

Our church launched on January 8 this year in an elementary cafeteria. We spent the previous eighteen months incubating at our sending church, meeting new people, building a core team, launching three community groups, letting our service teams practice at a sister church, and holding three preview services. This Easter we launched our second service. … Continued

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A Plan to Plant: 5 Steps to Take Before Launch

A church plant does not just happen. You must have a plan. It takes time, energy, prayer, much sweat, and many tears. Here are 5 steps you should consider before launching your church. Assessment A planter needs to be measured in a host of competencies: preaching, entrepreneurial leadership, vision casting, a strong marriage (if married), and … Continued

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The Two Ingredients of a Great Group: Laughter and Agony

For the first few minutes of the gathering we celebrated the birthday of a colleague. We laughed, told stories, and ate cake. Then we moved almost effortlessly to agony. Just a few moments before we were laughing. Now we were all crying and praying for another colleague who had just given us an update on … Continued

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Creating Buy-In for Your Team

They changed the logo and kept the vision! A former church I pastored got rid of my cool looking logo and went back to their old one. I could not understand it. Why not keep both or get rid of both? I was perplexed. After thinking it over for a few months,I finally understood . … Continued

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