Rural Matters: Part of God’s Plan to Transform Our Communities and Our World

Rural churches are at a crossroads. They are facing a generational shift, which, if not navigated well and led by the Spirit, will lead...

One Question All Church Leaders Must Answer

From the Editor: This article was published years ago, but the importance of this content rings truer than ever and has eternal implications if...

After a great day of teaching, Jesus faced the critics

And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so...

Walking In Constant Kindness OR Planned Outreaches

I run into people regularly who openly wonder how to lead others in the realm of outreaches. "If we are walking in the Spirit...

Long Term Goals For A New Church

Can you watch the horizon and the ground in front of you at the same time? You must, if you would benefit from long-range planning....

Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Eugene Peterson wrote the book and coined the phrase, “Long Obedience in the Same Direction,” to summarize the balanced life of the Christ follower....

The Leader’s Script for Self-Defeat

Self-defeat, the dysfunctional activity of harming oneself, manifests itself in many ways. Some are obvious; others, less so. Suicidal behavior and the various types...

Top 5 Things Pastors Should Stop Pretending To Be

Were You Really Called To Be These 5 Things? Okay, I'll admit this is very opinionated. But think about it: In so many ways, a...
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How Many Churches Did the Apostle Paul Start?

  Some have said that Paul only started 14 churches in his lifetime. If so that is a remarkable thing, but I tend to think...

Five Reasons for Church Planting

“The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches,” according to Peter Wagner (1990). This oft-quoted phrase by the former professor...

Funding New Church Plants

Funding a new church plant is probably the most challenging aspect of the task. We aren’t usually doing well on this front.  One option...

The Pastor’s Wife Is Simply a Wife

I had a hard time finding in Scripture where it explains the role of a pastor’s wife. I dragged out every concordance I could...

20 Quotes to Encourage Church Planters

Here are 20 quotes that I hope you find encouraging as you live out the calling and adventure we call church planting. Desperation is...

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Fishing As A Commercial Fleet…defining normal

What is your notion of "normal" when it comes to outreach? Do you think it is normal to see people come to know Jesus only...