Our Recent Church Planting Conference (pics)

Church planters from NYC to Nigeria joined our CLI team last week in New York for hands-on training on “launching large.” Our Executive Pastor at The Journey Church, Kerrick Thomas, led this one-day event where we shared the latest, proven strategies on launching and growing an effective church plant. It was a one-of-a-kind event full of practical, “how-to” instruction for … Read More


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Remembering Peter Wagner – Part 2 of 2

Yesterday I posted here to let you know that on Friday, Oct 21 at 2:30pm C. Peter Wagner went to be with the Lord. He was 86. In remembrance of him, I’m sharing some thoughts about his impact on my life . . . particularly in the area of church growth. Yesterday, I shared this link to an interview I did … Read More


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McGavran Monday – Self-supporting Ministry

In honor of Dr. Gary McIntosh’s new biography of Donald McGavran, here’s today’s Monday moment: “Rapid discipling of entire tribes should be accompanied by an even more rapid production of an indigenous, self-supporting ministry.”  – Donald McGavran Secure your copy of the book at 40% OFF plus insightful bonuses here. (the above quote is from p. 113 of The Bridges … Read More


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You might be a church planter if…

Today’s guest post comes to us from Hal Seed, the Founding Pastor of New Song Community Church and church planter. Hal has helped launch a church planting movement that has planted 163,000 churches in the past fifteen years. My favorite comedian these days is Jeff Foxworthy. He’s famous for his long list of “You might be a redneck … ” jokes. … Read More


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Characteristics Needed for Church Planting and Revitalization

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Ron Edmonson, church leader, planter, and pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to his role as pastor, Ron specializes in organizational leadership where he consults with church and ministry leaders. Church planting is a difficult, but rewarding assignment in ministry. So is church revitalization. I’ve been trying to make … Read More


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ONLY UNTIL FRIDAY – Get My Ignite Book for Over HALF OFF!

I’ve got some inside info from my publisher for you – today thru this Friday only, you can pick up the Kindle edition of my book, Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church, for over 50% off!  And as a special thank you for picking up the book today, you’ll also receive $183.00 in bonus resources – including a $50 Gift Certificate to use … Read More


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The #1 Mistake Church Planters Make When Launching a New Church

Did you know– The majority of church starts fail within the first year.  Why?  Because the majority of church planters start churches without a clear calling from God. In order to plant a healthy church, you have to know that you are undeniably called by God.  Period.  So do you know for sure that God has called you to start a new Church? … Read More


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10 Lessons in Bootstrapping a Church Plant – Part 5

by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke Today we’re sharing the final post in a series on “Bootstrapping” a new church, or starting with very little (or no) outside funding.  While this isn’t the ideal way to plant a church, there are a number of lessons to be learned through the process.  You can read the rest of this series of … Read More


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