3 Kinds of Church Growth

“A Church Growth principle is a universal truth which, when properly interpreted and applied, contributes significantly to the growth of churches and denominations. It is a truth of God which leads his church to spread his Good News, plant church after church, and increase his Body.” – Donald McGavran We should all have an expectation of Church Growth. McGavran talks about the … Read More


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The Church Planter’s Call to a Place

“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called home to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance” (Heb. 11:8). The call to a specific place can come as part of your original calling, or later.  Generally, there is a clear correlation between who you are and the place God calls … Read More


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The Church Planter’s Call to Understand His Spouse’s Call

“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.  Since they are no longer two but one” (Mark 10:7-8). If you are married, God will not call you without confirming the call in your spouse.  Go slowly in this area and communicate clearly with your spouse … Read More


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How to Know Your Calling As A Church Planter

If you have been called to start a church, not only will the calling be undeniable, but you will also be able to trust that God will equip and empower you to do the work that He sets before you.   When He is the one who has chosen you, it is because He knows that you can fulfill the … 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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How to Meet People When Planting a Church in a New Area

With the success of my book Launch and our other Church Planting Resources, we get lots of questions from church planters. One question that comes up on a regular basis comes from people who are planting in a new area, and it often sounds like this: I’m planting a church in a new area and I just don’t know anyone. … Read More


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Who Are You Listening To? (Church Planting)

I’ve been focusing on Church Planting here on the blog in recent days, so I thought I’d share another concept today that’s important when you’re starting new church from scratch. Here’s the concept: Be mindful of who you’re listening to. As a church planter (especially in the pre-Launch process) it’s easy to get caught up in chasing to the latest fads, … Read More


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Adventures in Spiritual Warfare (Church Planting)

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in church planting, it’s to expect the unexpected. It seems like the spiritual warfare is always a little more intense when it comes to the birth of a new church. This past Sunday was no exception – we were launching The Journey Church in Boca Raton (click here for details). About a half-hour from … Read More


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Nine Things I Know About Church Planting

In honor of today’s webinar on Top 3 Church Planting Mistakes (you are registered, right?  It’s free, click here), I want to share a summary of the Nine Things I Know About Church Planting – these lessons are from my coaching, writing and conferences with church planters – they also come out of my study of the New Testament 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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