Living in a (Nominal) Religious Context

The fastest shrinking category in American religion is still the largest category—people who self-identify as Christian, but whose religion is not a central part...

Church Multiplication Without Restraint

A few years ago I spent a week teaching disciple-making and church multiplication to pastors in Thailand. On that trip I met a man, with...

No Ministries At Our Church

CP Editor Note: This article was previously posted many years ago. The content, however, is still very relevant and brings attention to consumerism within...

Online Giving For the “Average” Size Church

At Churchplanting.com, we know that churches come in all sizes and "flavors." Knowing the average church size in America is 75 or less, I...

21 Ways to Keep a Church from Growing

Here are 21 ways to keep a church from growing:

Recurring Sin or Bad Habits That Keeps Us Stuck

Every day for weeks, this goat (I’d say, “Stupid Goat” but I’d get in trouble with my grandson), would get his horns through the...

Crash Course In Leadership

Church planting pastors usually experience a painful crash course in leadership. Very few seminaries teach this well and very few churches model this well....

Why We Need a Church Planting Manifesto

We make statements every day. Most are quite unassuming—small facts needed to navigate life, maintain a healthy marriage, or keep our jobs. Other times...

Divine Appointments

Proverbs 16:9 is one of my favorite promises: “In his heart a man plans his course, but God orders His footsteps.” I’ve circled it for years! I also love...

What Should I know About Church Vision?

Vision. We all talk about it. Its importance, it’s power, it’s ability to draw people and resources. But some lessons associated with church vision...

Preparing For Guests

I have a very foundational belief that no guest enters a church, whether a conventional church structure or an unconventional gathering place, by happenstance. Rather,...

These 3 Butts Must Be Counted!

Our churches are great at counting butts! We love to see the graph rise and attendance going up. There’s nothing wrong with counting attendance...

Freedoms Of The Underground Church

I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Japan, Nepal, Myanmar, and China. The purpose of the trips is always the same—to talk about making...

Learn To Delegate Influence

Learning to not only delegate work but influence is one of the most inspiring tasks of a church planter and good leader. After having poured...

Very Good Church Planting News

I’ve spent my adult life making disciples and multiplying churches. That has often been a lonely road to walk. For years the general attitude in...

Overlook An Offense

How you handle offense has the potential to make you or break you as a leader.  You will offend. The only question is: who will you offend?  And you will be...

Three Church-Planting Practices That Need To Die

Over the years, I’ve seen lots of great church-planting practices, and many not-so-great ones. Too many churches open and then close too often because...

The Master Carpenter’s Blueprint for Making Disciples

What is the relationship between making disciples and carpentry? To those who are unfamiliar with the Gospels, there is no apparent relationship. To those...

Common Reactions When Growth in an Organization Slows

A young pastor was battling the leadership of the church to make changes. He felt part of his call to the church...
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Defining Discipleship

https://youtu.be/NNFSFd5g6NA Matthew 28:19–20: “Go therefore and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,...