Church Planting

April 22, 2019

Increasing Evangelism in Church Planting

By Ed Stetzer, Co-Executive Director of the Send Institute, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College There’s no question that church planting has become the hot new thing. And I’m glad. When I started my first church in 1988, it was an oddity. Now, it is mainstream. Today, it’s normal that church planters are everywhere. Books, conferences, and initiatives that champion church planting are manifold. This is a good thing. But it seems to me we’ve got better conferences and bigger excitement and, according to the research, only incremental progress when it comes to the evangelistic fruits of actual church planting. Statistically, we have more church planting, but slightly less evangelistic impact. And, most importantly, too many church plants don’t have the needed evangelistic focus that should undergird what they do. EVANGELISTIC CHURCH PLANTING It is not just in church planting, but in general, that evangelism has fallen on hard times. And two things I am passionate about […]
March 13, 2019

How to Lead Well as a Church Planting Leader

By Ed Stetzer, Co-Executive Director of the Send Institute, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College Many frequently joke about the turnover rate in church planting leadership. It seems that whenever I’m at a conference or church event, someone new will come up and say, “Hey, Ed. I’m the new leader of church planting at [insert denomination name].” To be fair, this issue happens across denominations—it’s not just certain ones in certain parts of the country. It happens at the district, network, and denominational levels. Church planting requires a certain set of skills—organization, initiative, patience, and passion, just to name a few. These skills are especially required for a church planting leader. To last long term in this capacity without burnout requires some forethought and consideration. Here are some thoughts on how to lead well in this position First, dedicate yourself to being an advocate. As a leader of church planting, it’s important to remember that you are […]
January 11, 2019

How I Was Wrong About Church Planting

By Steve Hubbard, Founding Pastor of Awaken Church in Grand Ledge, MI I’ll be honest – I never wanted to be a church planter. I was comfortable in established churches rich with history, heritage and seasons of impact. Sure, there were challenges that came with the territory, but I saw so much potential in the established local church. Good things were happening in the churches around me and the leaders I served with. It was hard for me to “get on board” with the multiplication train in those early days of ministry. I held certain assumptions about church planting that kept me at an arms length. It wasn’t until the Spirit started pressing up against those assumptions that I was able to make the heart shift.  Assumption 1: Church planting isn’t necessary if we could make the established church relevant again.  Relevancy is simply speaking the language of culture. So much of my leadership was invested in fine tuning environments, […]
December 6, 2018

Lessons From Urban Church Planting

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project Uh oh. I failed as a church planter. Recently, I had an amazing conversation with a courageous leader who attempted to start a church in a city neighborhood and failed. I characterize the conversation as amazing because of how the failed starter has responded to the terribly difficult circumstances surrounding his failure. Here’s the short version of his story. He and his wife sensed a definite call to start a church in the heart of the city. Following the guidance of his sending organization, he rented a fantastic venue in one of the most rapidly growing neighborhoods in the city. He recruited an enthusiastic team of young adults and spared no expense in creating logos, banners, signage, websites and swag to give the church a vibe of excellence and relevance. He himself is an outstanding communicator and he recruited a worship band that was off-the-charts good. According to the guidance of his sending […]