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About Linda Bergquist

Linda Bergquist has been planting churches for 30 years, working first as a planter then as a mentor, teacher and urban strategist. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA. Linda lives in San Francisco with her husband, Eric. Read More About Linda Bergquis At Her Author Page

The Wholehearted Church Planter

by Linda Bergquist


October 17, 2013

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Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is recalled as one of history’s most devoted followers of Jesus, and an exceptionally prolific church planter. He was kidnapped at age sixteen, and was forced into slave labor as a shepherd. Stripped of everything but his faith, he turned to God. Patrick wrote, “I used to pasture the flock […]

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Planting Churches Out of the Whole Character of God

by Linda Bergquist


September 12, 2013

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The Missional Church movement, in which I really believe, emphasizes that starting churches (and all other missionary activity) is grounded in the sending nature of our triune God. Yes. Absolutely. There is a lesser conversation however, about the origins of that sending/ church planting activity in relationship to the whole character of God. We plant […]

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New Church Baby Showers

by Linda Bergquist


June 20, 2013

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Just like human babies need all kinds of things to give them a good start in life, new baby churches need things too. One way to provide for the needs of some kinds of new churches is to host a new church baby shower. It has been twenty five years since I first conceived of […]

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How To Decide Where To Plant Churches

by Linda Bergquist


April 17, 2013

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While this post may be useful for individual church planters, it is really intended for either churches that are considering planting new churches or for people who are responsible for making decisions about starting multiple churches in a region. It is written from a North American perspective, and therefore does not include particular nuances of […]

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Bring on the Green

by Linda Bergquist


March 17, 2013

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Thinking about green everything today, thanks to Saint Patrick’s Day, and decided to write about how even new churches can be more environmentally friendly. Here are a few suggestions that may be practical for you. Please feel free to comment, add stories about what your church is doing, or make other suggestions. Go virtually paperless- […]

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Considering Core Values

by Linda Bergquist


February 18, 2013

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The core values of a new church help form the foundation of who and what the church is about. They help clarify the new church’s practices and interactions and help explain why the church does what it does. When trying to distill values in general into a few core values, churches may find it helpful […]

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A Few Good Resources for Global-Local Church Planting

by Linda Bergquist


January 17, 2013

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Two recent books have been particularly useful to me as one who cares about engaging local church planting from a global perspective. One is JD Payne’s Stranger Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission. This 2012 publication explores the evangelistic possibilities inherent in globalization. It encourages the Church in the West to pay attention to the […]

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