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:

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....

Stay the Course: Keeping a Church Evangelistically Focused after the Launch

The marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger who was sent from the Battle of Marathon to Athens—26 miles away—to inform the Greeks...

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,...

Church Planter Assessment, Ridleys 13 Characteristics and Test

What does it take to be an effective church planter? Dr. Charles Ridley conducted a study of church planters in the United States and Canada....

Michelangelo’s Haunting Uncertainty

For years I’ve had to take a deep breath whenever anyone asked me what I did for a living.  I knew that as soon...

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...

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...

Trends in Church Planting

In this quick video, Steve Sjogren speaks on the topic of trends and mindsets within church planting. Do you have to have a large...

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...

Thanks California For Fresh Perspective

My wife and I had an opportunity to visit California this month. We spent a few days with friends, making ministry plans and building...

Serving Projects That Reflect The Personality Of Your Group

“We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” Eph. 2:10, NKJV. We all have distinct personalities. If you are the parent of...
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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,...
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Creating Momentum

English Language Learners Definition of momentum. : the strength or force that something has when it is moving. : the strength or force that...

Unsung Heroes

When my wife and I planted our first church, we went alone. We didn’t know any better. We thought that we just needed to...