Blog Entries on Church Planting

Aug 5, 2016

You Should Consider Replanting by Blake Deibel

As you consider your calling, consider replanting a dying church.

May 13, 2015

Why Plant a New Church in the Bible Belt? by Jeff Lawrence

I heard it again. This time from a pastor who remarked that we don’t need church plants because we have great churches here. This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard this claim, and it won’t be the last. It’s a good reminder that we must continually cast the vision for why new churches are needed in the Bible Belt.

Aug 22, 2017

Why I Love the Rural Church by Brandon Pearce

When people ask me why I am a rural church planter or ask what good can come from Arma, my response is always the same: "Come and see."

Apr 28, 2016

What I Learned the First Two Years of Church Planting by Jason Davis

If I were to give a potential church planter some advice for that season in their process of planting, I would encourage them in the following ways . . .

Oct 9, 2015

What if Churches Started Churches? by Jim Elliff

Good churches should add “church starting” to the list of ingredients that define their health.

Feb 14, 2019

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 2) by Charles Campbell

When we talk about multiplication, we mean that churches have a process to discover, develop, and deploy church planting teams from the inside. ​​

Feb 7, 2019

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 1) by Charles Campbell

As a denomination, my tribe has a history that is a mixed bag when it comes to how churches get planted and the effectiveness of those plants. I believe we are turning a corner with our approach.

Oct 4, 2018

To the Self-Medicating Church Planter by Dayton Hartman

Your ministry is not about endless growth and it certainly isn’t about your fame; it’s about the difficult task of loving and caring for the sheep Jesus has sought and purchased.

Oct 19, 2017

The Un-Millennial Church by Cole Deike

Maybe the best way to reach young adults, and by reach I really mean attract, transform, and equip, is to plant and lead un-millennial churches.

Oct 25, 2017

The Unique Challenges of Being a Church Planting Wife by Christine Hoover

Our spiritual poverty teaches us to depend upon the true Grower and to wait on Him to do the growing in His time.

Dec 17, 2019

The Importance of Ecclesiology in Church Planting by Joshua Hedger

How can you plant a church if you don’t actually know what a church is?

Jun 21, 2017

The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife by Gloria Furman

Church planting wives need to have the light of God’s Word shine on their various blessings and burdens.

Oct 6, 2017

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques by Andy Davis

The most significant force in the revitalization of any local church is the ongoing ministry of the Word of God Sunday after Sunday.

May 23, 2015

Profile of a Church Planting Church, Part 3 by Robin D. Hadaway

After a year of teaching and a trip to Jerusalem by Paul and Barnabas to clarify the doc­trine of salvation concerning the Gentiles (commonly known as the Jerusalem Council), this almost 2-year-old church was ready to begin its mis­sion . . .

May 11, 2015

Profile of a Church Planting Church, Part 2 by Robin D. Hadaway

While we can't clone what is taking place in the biblical book of Acts, we can seek to learn its pattern.

May 4, 2015

Profile of a Church Planting Church, Part 1 by Robin D. Hadaway

The first thing we should say about a church-planting church is that it has been purified in the crucible of difficulty.

Jan 3, 2018

Plant Partners, Not Competitors by Jonathon Woodyard

Historically, great things happen when churches link arms.

Jun 10, 2016

Planting Through Shepherding by Jared Sparks

Escape the hoopla and step into the long view of planting by planting through shepherding.

Jul 29, 2016

Planting Churches That Last by Dave Harvey

Church planters, study and value the past. It’s the path to the future.

May 5, 2015

Planter, Be a Pastor by Joshua Hedger

Men who pursue planting churches should do so only after putting in the time to develop a pastor's heart. 

Aug 10, 2017

Lessons Learned from Church Planting by Peaceable Division by Colin Clark

Our church planting strategy? Take our three-year-old church of 84 members and send half of them out.

Apr 13, 2016

Implementing Membership in a Church Plant by Mike McKinley

Church membership may not seem very important at the outset of a church plant. But at some point in the process, the congregation will need to know who “they” are, so that they can fulfill the biblical commands for the church.

May 23, 2015

How To Repair A Plane in Mid-Air

Making Major Changes While Church Planting

The best place to repair an airplane is on the ground. This minimizes moving parts, leaves less room for error, and removes the almost certain fatal result if the repair goes wrong. But mission never stops and in the real world this is often not an option.

Feb 1, 2016

How to Help Your Wife in Church Planting by Christine Hoover

How can church planters help their wives navigate the church planting process well?

Jun 5, 2015

How Do I Know When I Should Plant A Church?

5 Components for Chasing Your Vision

Discerning a call to plant a church presents a great challenge. I have been blessed to network with church planters and coach them through discerning their call. The conversation inevitably arrives at a question very similar to this: “I've got this vision that I know God has given me, but I keep asking ‘How do I know when it is time to go?’"

Dec 29, 2015

From Generalist to Specialist

What to Do When You’re Doing it All

All church planting wives start as generalists. We are children’s ministry coordinators, counselors, graphic designers, web managers, worship leaders, hostesses, and the primary sounding board for the church planter. Multiply this work times years of church planting, and it can make for one exhausted woman. I know, because I was one.

Jun 14, 2018

Family Dynamics of a Church Planter by Won S. Kwak

Church planter, your calling is to dynamically love your family as you lead your church family.

Oct 23, 2018

Dying to Plant a Church by Bland Mason

Jesus likely won’t take you through a cardiac arrest or another near death experience, but I wonder what he might do in and through more dead pastors.

Aug 31, 2017

Church Planting: A Shaping Matter by Joel Littlefield

Church planting reminds us that we are feeble, weak creatures, but we are banking on the words which Jesus spoke to His disciples and to us - "I am with you always."

Jun 30, 2017

Church Planting Across Ethnic Lines by Joel Kurz

When God burdens a preacher for a people group, a neighborhood, or a block, it’s right for that preacher to go and become all things to all people so that he might save some.

Apr 4, 2018

Church Planting 101: Follow Up With Guests by Jonathon Woodyard

In the midst of it all, brothers and sisters, do not forget to follow up with those the Lord has providentially guided to your church on any given Sunday.

Jun 8, 2015

Church Planter, Act Your Age by Jeff Lawrence

We miss out when we fail to act our age. So, take a long range perspective of your church’s journey, and fight for the joy of this particular season in the life of your church.

Jun 22, 2017

A Winning Vision

Reflections on 10 Years of Church Planting

Your church doesn't need to be preoccupied with vision; it needs to be serious about the Bible.

May 23, 2018

A Concern with Chan’s Home Church Planting Model: A Gentle Call for Correction by Adam McClendon

The point in Scripture is never the location or size of the gathering, but the purpose and activity of the gather.

Aug 27, 2018

5 Reasons Not to Plant a Church by Jared C. Wilson

Pastor, you are justified by your faith, not by your church plant.

Apr 15, 2016

3 Ways to Get Involved in Church Planting by Joe Thorn

We need more partnerships between churches, and we need more churches. Working together to plant churches is a biblical way to fulfill the cooperative commission to make disciples.

Feb 4, 2016

3 Top Tips for Church Planters by Joshua Hedger

In the last 7 years I have planted 2 churches directly, led our church in planting 2 stateside churches, and helped coach and train dozens of church planters. I have learned many things along the way. Today I want to make 3 crucial suggestions for church planters.

Aug 17, 2017

3 Things I Know About Church Planting by Joel Littlefield

There’s so much that I do not know about planting a church. But those things I do, I will commit to with all the heart and passion which I can muster and which the Spirit so graciously supplies.

Feb 18, 2016

3 Perks of Bivocational Church Planting by Joshua Hedger

We are a little over one year into this journey of being bi-vocational. Here are 3 perks that I have found come from bi-vocational church planting . . .

Jun 4, 2019

10 Things I Learned a Year Into Church Planting by David McLemore

A year into church planting: it's hard and it's wonderful. And I don't want to be doing anything else.