Jeff Hoglen

Jeff Hoglen started pastoring in 2000 and was initially involved in youth and children’s ministry. He later entered the world of church planting and has planted or assisted in starting churches in the USA, Africa and Asia.

He also provides oversight to churches in NC, SC through an organization that he and his wife Tonya started called Open Arms International Ministries. Over the past 5 years, Jeff has  teamed with his spiritual fathers to serve as apostolic oversight for DOVE International Philippines which consists of over 29 churches. (DOVE International is a global family of churches and ministries on six continents.)

Jeff Hoglen has authored various seminars and books such as: "Obeying the Call" Devotional & Missions Journal, "Here Am I - A Call to Biblical Missions", “As You Go – Missions as a Lifestyle” and his latest book for discipleship called "I Believe - Basics of the Christian Faith".

Jeff Hoglen is a certified speaker, coach, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. Jeff loves coaching Ministry Startups as well as fledgling entrepreneurs and offers various types of ministry and entrepreneurial coaching.

Jeff is now serving as the CEO/managing editor for the blog site - He is also a contributing blogger.

Jeff is married to Tonya Hoglen, the founder of G.I.F.T. (Girlfriends in Faith Together) a women's ministry based in central North Carolina. They have three grown children, one grandson, and quite a few spiritual sons, daughters, and grandchildren.

Here is a link to Tonya's ministry site:

Jeff Hoglen Posts
  • Questions Answered: Your Church and 501 C-3 Status

    I get a lot of questions regarding this topic. While I’m not a financial advisor, CPA, or... Read more

  • 3 Things to Remember During Tough Times

    Church planting is one of the toughest callings – period. Those who think it’s easy are... Read more

  • Statistically Speaking…

    I once heard a joke about statistics. The person giving the stats said – “73.267% of... Read more

  • Church Planting Quotes

    Why do many love inspirational quotes? Quotes can give you insight into the thoughts and teachings... Read more

  • Organic Church – Simple Church

    Organic church is a philosophy that some Christians are adopting in an effort to return to a... Read more

  • Planting Missional Churches in a Post-Pandemic World

    Starting a church from scratch is never an easy path. It is something that requires  faith, an... Read more

  • Longevity in the Pastorate

    Church leaders like pastors and elders have a meaningful vocation because they help people to find... Read more

  • Implementing Change in the Local Church

    With the latest data showing less than stellar predictions of church growth and expansion, it’s... Read more

  • Planting a Life-Giving Church

    Planting a life-giving church requires leaders to have a clear understanding of what they are... Read more

  • Discouraged?

    A church planter has a challenging job. They have to be a church leader, business manager, and... Read more

  • Bi-vocational Ministry – The Good, Bad & Sometimes Ugly

    There is a lot to consider when it comes to bi-vocational ministry. It would behoove us to count... Read more

  • 3 Questions Before You Start A Church

    If you have ever started a new church or been part of a church planting team, you know how tough it... Read more

  • Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign – First Impressions Part 3

    Fact: It can be scary attending a church for the first time. The anxiety intensifies if you... Read more

  • They all look the same!!

    I have a friend who is on an extended sabbatical. He and his wife decided to travel to the west... Read more

  • 4 Tips For New Pastors

    It has been over 20 years since I first became a pastor. I’ve had the privilege of equipping... Read more

  • The New “Steeple” – First Impressions Part 2

    Why do some churches have steeples? Some ministers and church historians relate steeples to... Read more

  • First Impression Blind Spots – Part 1

    I think it’s common for church leaders to place friendly welcoming people at our front doors.... Read more

  • One of many reasons NOT to plant a church

    There are many reasons we should start a church. There are even more reasons we should plant... Read more

  • DNA of Multiplication

    Planning to Reproduce   Many churches have mission statements that reflect the Great... Read more

  • Pastor’s Monday Morning Blues?

    Pastors, if you are anything like me, Mondays can be tough. Tough in many ways. For starters, there... Read more

  • Defeating Negative Self-Talk

    After a certain age, going into ministry, or leading a church, you would think that your inner... Read more

  • Outreach on a Budget

    The one question that is asked most often: How can our church do outreach if we don’t have... Read more

  • Making Disciples

    Matthew 28:19–20 “Go therefore and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and... Read more

  • Worship Resource List

    I was recently asked about worship resources within new and existing church contexts. This is by no... Read more

  • One “Win” At A Time

    If you are looking for a “silver bullet” to get the church back on track, I’m... Read more

  • Staffing Your Church Plant

    Two of the biggest challenges for church planters is raising a launch team and raising funds. The... Read more

  • Self Care for the Tired Pastor

    “Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we... Read more

  • Practice What You Preach

    Sunday services are filled with information that the pastor/preacher hopes will be... Read more

  • Focus On What You Can Do

    I just got news of a lady who had the heart to help women and children who are hurting and need... Read more

  • 20 Quotes to Encourage Church Planters & Pastors

    I love quotes! I especially like quotes from people who have a track record. They inspire me to... Read more

  • Through The Good, Bad and Ugly

    But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go,... Read more

  • Micro Church – Mindsets and Meeting Places

    Getting Started Many churches start in homes or coffee shops. Sometimes these were intentional and... Read more

  • Transitioning From Crisis

    The church is going through a transition of sorts. Many of us are preparing to exit the... Read more

  • Quick Tips For Starting A Worship Team From Scratch

    There’s no doubt that every pastor starts out with a whole lot of questions, especially at... Read more

  • Raising Your Leadership Lid

    The Law of the Lid is a principle introduced by John Maxwell in his book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of... Read more

  • Pastoring In A Time of Crisis

    The purpose of the church is to reach those who are far from Christ and to help them become true... Read more

  • Where Is The Best Place To Plant a Church?

    I oftentimes hear from aspiring church planters and the topic of location comes up in the... Read more

  • Revisiting “The Welcome”

    We are in the midst of replanting our local church. After 10 years of being lone rangers, we have... Read more

  • 5 Characteristics of Highly Effective Leaders

    A good leader inspires people to do something bigger than themselves. In the case of churches and... Read more

  • Recommended Conferences For Church Planters & Pastors

    C3 Conference The C3 Conference is a two-day event for church leaders and is hosted by Fellowship... Read more

  • Mastering Tough Decisions

    According to John Maxwell – everything rises and falls on leadership. Leadership consists of... Read more

  • Dealing with Critics

    How can a church planter deal with critics and criticism within the church? In this quick video,... Read more

  • Replanting… defines replanting: “To plant (something) again or in a new place…” With... Read more

  • The Art of Resilience

    How easily do you bounce back from a disappointment? What is your reaction to... Read more

  • 3 Questions That Keep Me Going In Ministry

    Here are three big questions that keep me in ministry and stirs me to do more. We should ponder... Read more

  • 3 Ways to Help You Get Unstuck

    The thought of making a difference stirs you to take action. The excitement of something unique and... Read more

  • Online Giving For the “Average” Size Church

    At, we know that churches come in all sizes and “flavors.” Knowing... Read more

  • Thanks California For Fresh Perspective

    My wife and I had an opportunity to visit California this month. We spent a few days with friends,... Read more

  • Lessons Learned in 2018

    Reflecting on 2018 has taken more time than previous years. To put it simply – a lot has... Read more

  • Revitalization Hope for the New Year

    While this blog is typically for church planting, there is also a great need for church... Read more

  • Expansion, Growth and the Proactive Pastor

    I have been thinking and praying about the upcoming new year and my plans, goals, and dreams. I... Read more

  • Stats and Expectations

    We all know that 78.6% of all stats are made up on the spot. For all my nerdy stat friends –... Read more

  • Christmas on the Mission Field

    I have spent some time on the mission field. My involvement was weeks or at times months at a time.... Read more

  • Leaders are Readers

    There is very little difference between one who cannot read and one who will not read.” —Jim... Read more

  • Hospitality – The Missing Ingredient

    “While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating... Read more

  • Come & See vs Go & Do Church

    Every year I reread certain books. These books were light years ahead of anything out there at the... Read more

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