December 6, 2018

5 Indicators That You Might Be Leading a Church Planting Church

By Dr. Ed Love Can you imagine if Thomas Edison desired to invent only one light bulb? Or if Henry Ford wanted to produce only one Model T? Or if Apple wanted to design only one generation of iPhones? Or if Jesus desired to make only one disciple? Something just doesn’t feel right about those pictures, does it? Some things were just meant to multiply. One of the TV shows I love to watch is Make Me A Millionaire Inventor. The show capitalizes on inventions that have the potential to be highly marketable. I don’t know a whole lot about an inventor’s process, but I know there is a moment for every inventor where the light bulb goes on and he or she recognizes his or her invention has the ability to multiply. Shortly after the Pentecost event, Jesus’ disciples had a flame-like light bulb moment. I can envision thoughtful Thaddeus sighing, “Ah… So Jesus wants us to come up with […]
November 6, 2018

10 Essential Things Every Church Starter Needs to Know

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project Fervent, effectual, frequent prayer is a necessity, not an option. You are initiating a local expression of the Church that Jesus is building. Act accordingly. Acting accordingly means you make the formation of a community of disciples who make disciples your first priority. The weekly worship gathering is a part of the process of making disciples. Wherever you are forming disciples, God has already been at work there before you arrived. Respect God’s work and those He has already sent into the neighborhood. Develop a sound financial plan before you move into the neighborhood. Faith without works does not end well. Go be with the people of the community on their turf before you invite them to be on your turf. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t go alone. Partner with a strong sending organization. Urban Islands Project exists to help sending organizations to optimize their strategies for the urban […]
November 6, 2018

Why Plant Another Church?

By Dave Reynolds, National Church Multiplication Leader for The Alliance My wife, Elena, and I have been in church planting for 25 years. We recently attended the 25-year celebration of the first church we started. It was satisfying to reunite with old friends and see the congregation doing well. The attendees included some of our original team members and some of the church planters we had sent out from that first church. Elena and I stayed at that place of worship for eight years, during which time we sent out two other church planting teams. After handing off that church, we planted another one that also reproduced, and we started two church planting centers that assess, coach, train and support plants. We have been the ones going and the ones sending and have felt many of the joys, headaches and heartaches of both scenarios. The sending side was hardest for me. We did it, and I’m convinced it was right, but it was never easy. […]
October 11, 2018

Send Well: 9 Things a Sending Church Must Do Before Sending a Church Planter

By Dr. Ed Love Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”  – Matthew 9:37-38 Every day FedEx sends over four million packages to valued customers. FedEx’s delivery routes cover every U.S. street and service more than 220 countries. In order to send well, FedEx has over 170,000 employees, 675 aircrafts, 50,000 ground transportation vehicles, and 1,800 office locations. It’s a bit mysterious, but somehow FedEx has figured out a way for customers to ship packages within a one day turnaround. If FedEx knows anything—they know how to send well! The church may not be in the package delivery business, but she is in the people delivery business. At least that’s what Jesus wanted the church to be about! However, sending people isn’t always the top priority in churches and, if we are being honest, sometimes the church hasn’t […]