Steve Sjogren

Steve Sjogren is a veteran Evangelist-Church Planter.

He and his wife Janie have been involved directly in planting 5 churches in Los Angeles, Oslo, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Tampa Bay. Out of those churches they have coached several dozen more outwardly focused churches into existence.

Their consistent message has been connected with the message of Romans 2:4, that “the kindness of God leads to repentance.” They have found that as we serve not-yet Believers in simple but profound ways, along with verbalizing the Gospel message, in time they desire to repent and follow Jesus. They have seen many thousands go through the process of repentance and salvation

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  • Faith-casting – The Gift That Helps You Grow

    In Acts 2, when Peter was inspired to preach mightily by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was... Read more

  • Ideators Among Us

    Have you noticed that power and influence most often seem to only be in the hands of a few who use... Read more

  • Power of Multi Vocational Planters

    Today more than ever, we have bi-vocational, co-vocational, and even multi-vocational pastors and... Read more

  • Valentine’s Day – the most Christian of all holidays

    Valentine’s Day, that stands for a celebration of love, is arguably the most “Christian”... Read more

  • Lean Church Planting

    Question: How can you start a church with zero resources and zero members? Steve Sjogren shares... Read more

  • Frienemies of Church Planting Momentum

    Momentum is the most significant indicator of the movement of God with a group of people. With the... Read more

  • “Houston, We Have A Problem…”

    If the church was a mission to the moon, and I was the commander of the mission, my call to Mission... Read more

  • 8 Outreach Projects For Autumn

    I’m often asked about the best projects for success. Whether it’s a warm and sunny area... Read more

  • Even a Few Can Touch Many

    It doesn’t take a large crew to make leave a big footprint. Victory in God’s kingdom has always... Read more

  • Fund What Works

    Invest your outreach dollars wisely. Don’t give your leadership blessing willy-nilly to all... Read more

  • 6 Outreach Lessons From Johnny Appleseed

    John Chapman, aka the legendary “Johnny Appleseed”, was a missionary who reached out to Native... Read more

  • Solutions To Outreach Excuses (Part1)

    “We will start just as soon as we have the financing to do so.” It may seem reasonable to place... Read more

  • 4 Effective Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

    Have you ever uttered any of these sentences? “I can’t do it!”... Read more

  • Steve Sjogren Shares His Near-death Experience

    Ever wondered what is after this life? In this interview, Steve Sjogren shares his near-death... Read more

  • A Key Question Leaders Need To Ask

    One of the biggest questions you as a leader need to ask: “Are those who report to me headed in... Read more

  • Build A True “War Room”

    When I first heard the term “War Room” I instantly liked it. The thinking is that as we... Read more

  • Keep It Simple

    Even though we could list a dozen points about starting vital outreaches the basic idea behind... Read more

  • Where Are They Now?

    Have you been on the hunt for info online only to have a popup article catch your eye? The one I... Read more

  • Jesus Style: The Doable Jesus

    When we bring God’s kindness in practical ways, we imitate Jesus, and the same effects follow us.... Read more

  • Gadgets and Helpful Things

    I haven’t shared the list of my top resources in quite a while so I figured it was time to do... Read more

  • Leading The Local Church

    One of the biggest questions you can ask about your leadership is: “Are those who report to me... Read more

  • Outreach In The Age of CV-19

    This may be a time of world crisis, yet for those who have “ears to hear,” we have reason to... Read more

  • Don’t Give Up -Sync!

      I’ve had one of those weeks when everywhere I turn, I’ve heard or read some... Read more

  • 12 Things Your Church Needs to Know…By The Time It’s 12 Months Old

    Here are 12 Things Your Church Needs to Know…By The Time It’s 12 Months Old. These 12 things... Read more

  • 8 Leadership Sins To Avoid… And How To Find Your Way Forward

    All leaders go through mental and emotional gyrations that can cause mental messiness. Some of... Read more

  • The Importance of Kindness

    Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection,... Read more

  • Make Kindness Great Again (Clean the Toilets Tour)

    You say you’ve never seen a 16′ tall inflated toilet?  Me neither… Why? Let’s face it —... Read more

  • The Top Three Lessons

      Learning from history doesn’t cost much. And it’s worth whatever we have to pay for it.... Read more

  • “Working With Other Churches”

    In the years we have been doing outreach—lots of years now—we have consistently seen that the... Read more

  • Mistakes I Hope to Make In 2020

    Sometimes the best mistakes are premeditated. We can sometimes assume that to lose in any way is a... Read more

  • How do you handle difficult people?

    How do you handle difficult people in the church plant? What is a good approach to counseling?... Read more

  • Thank God for “EGRs”

    When we started a church in Cincinnati, I had as many as three jobs at once to make ends meet. My... Read more

  • Tips For Reaching Your Community

    All warfare is contingent on the climate, geography, and environmental conditions of the... Read more

  • How many people do you need to launch a Sunday Service?

    How many people do you need to launch a Sunday morning service? Steve Sjogren shares his thoughts... Read more

  • Quitting isn’t the Answer

    As I write this blog baseball’s World Series is happening between two teams that have not... Read more

  • Buying Into Your Preferred Future

    No matter who you are, no matter what you do, today you are moving toward your future at a rapid... Read more

  • Do The Work Of An Evangelist

    Do you have to be an Evangelist to be effective in evangelism? But you be watchful in all things,... Read more

  • Priority of a Church Planter

    How should a church planter spend his/her time? What should be their priority? Steve Sjogren shares... Read more

  • Choosing a Location For Your Church

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  • Are We Reaching Out or Rearranging the Body of Christ?

    Someone sent me a tweet recently that I’ve been thinking about. He asked about mega-churches and... Read more

  • Church Planting… or Church Connoisseur-ism

    I made a decision a long time ago that I never want to be thought of as a negative person, but some... Read more

  • Growth By Accident. Death By Committee.

    “Yeah, the weirdest thing. Everything seemed to be going well, at least it looked that way on the... Read more

  • Mistakes In Outreach – Reluctance to Start.

    This is an entry in a series of blog posts entitled – Mistakes in Outreach. When it comes to... Read more

  • Less Is More…

    Like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates share in the Times article link below, I too have found that the... Read more

  • “Ready, aim. Ready, aim. Ready, aim…”

    Ready, aim. Ready, aim… Sometimes leaders come across like they are a stuttering, dyslexic... Read more

  • Make A Difference In The Next 100 Days

    New and established leaders alike are in the same boat as a new president steps into office. We... Read more

  • Walking In Constant Kindness OR Planned Outreaches

    I run into people regularly who openly wonder how to lead others in the realm of outreaches.... Read more

  • Mad, Hopeless, or Possible?

    In a book by Julian Lewis Watkins, The 100 Greatest Advertisements, Sir Ernest Shackleton is quoted... Read more

  • Do Something Good

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  • Ask Two Questions Each Day

    One of the biggest questions you as a leader need to ask, “Are those who report to me headed in... Read more

  • 12 Things to Know… Within The First 12 Months

    By the time your church is 12 months old, you should know these 12 things. 1) Don’t take... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Getting and Giving Green Cards

    Green Card – permission and blessing for an immigrant to go to work. Our friends Rex and Sally... Read more

  • Creating An Outward Focused Culture

    I am often asked “How can one create a culture of serving somewhere that has been lacking an... Read more

  • Trends in Church Planting

    In this quick video, Steve Sjogren speaks on the topic of trends and mindsets within church... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Creating Momentum

    English Language Learners Definition of momentum. : the strength or force that something has when... Read more

  • Words + Deeds = Amazing Momentum!

    Words of love need to be connected with deeds of love. Human nature being what it causes us to... Read more

  • Turtles Last Longer Than Rabbits

    You’ve heard Aesop’s story about the tortoise and the hare. In this classic tale, the hare... Read more

  • Two Classics That Are Worth Reading Again

    Recommended reading for all church planters and pastors. These 2 books should be on your... Read more

  • Either Distinct or Extinct

    “A popular megachurch is starting a new location near us. That church is so big and has so many... Read more

  • 2 Winter Kindness Outreach Ideas

    COFFEE/HOT CHOCOLATE/CAPPUCCINO GIVEAWAY COFFEE, CAPPUCCINO, AND GOOD HOT CHOCOLATE are all the... Read more

  • It’s a Thanksgiving Life

    Build a Memory of Thanksgiving Kindness When you think of the words, “kindness” and... Read more

  • Ask Two Questions Each Day

    One of the biggest questions you as a leader need to ask, “Are those who report to me headed in... Read more

  • Question On Quitting Ministry

    Steve Sjogren is the founding pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He and his... Read more

  • 8 Projects to Try Out This Fall

    I’m often asked about the best projects for success. Whether it’s a warm and sunny area like... Read more

  • How Do I Connect With My City?

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  • The Cancer of Criticism

    A few years ago I came across a radio show that disturbed me. The show was all about the answers to... Read more

  • Pastor – Raise Your EQ This Week!

    Question: Why did Paul tell Timothy “Do the work of an evangelist?” Keep in mind the Timothy... Read more

  • I can. I will. I did.

    One of the classic children’s books of all time came out nearly 100 years ago – The Little... Read more

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

    The Roman army was at its peak in Jesus’ generation. During this timeframe they were able to rule... Read more

  • “Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs…”

    Those are the words of a newcomer family who had been anticipating a negative experience upon their... Read more

  • Tea Time with Peter Drucker

    A few years ago I had some tea with business guru Peter Drucker. I was invited to attend a small,... Read more

  • Nobody Is Beyond Redemption

    “So who on Planet Earth is the most unlikely person to ever come into a living relationship... Read more

  • God’s Kinetic Presence

    While shopping at Best Buy, I had a sense that if I were to offer to pray for a salesperson... Read more

  • Two Tips to Improve Your Communication

    There is no area in the life of a pastor-communicator where he or she has a greater lack of... Read more

  • How To Plant Churches That Change Cities

    In almost every city across the US huge efforts are being made to plant churches. In the Greater... Read more

  • “Houston, We Have A Problem…”

    If the church was a mission to the moon, and I was the commander of the mission, my call to Mission... Read more

  • Imprinting… the Power of your Influence on a New Believer’s Life

    Ducks and geese and Christ-followers. They have a lot to do with one another. “Imprinting” is... Read more

  • Church Safety – Make it a Priority!

    If your church is more than simply providing chaplaincy services to your city in a maintenance... Read more

  • Hey Pastor… It’s Time To Uplevel Your Messages

    Any church planter / pastor who hopes to connect with the community is in need of becoming a great... Read more

  • Don’t be a “Fainting Goat”: Persevere!

    The Discovery Channel ran a story about small-sized goat breed that is a bit rare now (just 5,000... Read more

  • The Death of a Church Plant – 7 Ways to Avoid it

    It’s not that difficult to kill your church plant with your two bare hands. I know what... Read more

  • 3 Church Planting Missteps and How to Avoid Them

    One of the biggest missteps in church planting—one I count as a sin—is to start a church that... Read more

  • Upgrading The Weekend ‘Net’: Clarifying the Goal

    Some who are veteran readers of my articles and books may be surprised to find that I see weekend... Read more

  • When We Get Real – God Shows Up!

    When We Fake It We Look Goofy – Even Freakish My grandma from Paris, Texas was full of... Read more

  • Veni, Viti, Velcro – I came, I saw, I stuck around

    The Roman army was at its peak in Jesus’ generation. During this timeframe were able to rule... Read more

  • Plant 1,000 Churches – Ed Stetzer via The Exchange

    Here is another interesting article from Ed Stetzer via The Exchange, a special section featured on... Read more

  • From The Exchange – Send Institute: New Learning Resource for Church Planters

    Ed Stetzer recently shared on The Exchange, a special section of Christianity Today, about the new... Read more

  • The Most Helpful Equipment For Planters #3

    I like to read articles from leaders who want to be as efficient but simple as possible, so here is... Read more

  • The Most Helpful Equipment For Planters #2

    I like to read articles from leaders who want to be as efficient but simple as possible, so here is... Read more

  • The Most Helpful Equipment For Planters #1

    I like to read articles from leaders who want to be as efficient but simple as possible, so here is... Read more

  • My Favorite Mistakes of 2016

    As each year ends, I like to look back at both my successes and misses. Both of them help me to... Read more

  • What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Planting Churches…About Vision

    “Vision is vital, but you can burn your people out on unfiltered vision.” In recent years much... Read more

  • Politics in the Church…It’s Chernobyl all over again

    I am not a saber rattler. Those who regularly read my articles or books know this to be true.... Read more

  • 8.5 of My Favorite Mistakes of 2015

    “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” – G. K. Chesterton   I take a bit of time... Read more

  • Invest First, Withdraw As Interest Grows

    This routine of “Deposit First - Withdraw Later” is violated continually, by regular church... Read more

  • 12 Steps That Will Guaranteed Outreach Success

    Success in outreach isn't as difficult as you might imagine. After coaching lots of leaders over... Read more

  • 12 Lies Church Planters Tell Themselves

    1. “If God blesses this plant, we’ll be up and running in no time flat. It takes a while to... Read more

  • 12 Church Planter Resolutions I Wish I’d Made As A Young Church Planter

    Whether you are just launching your first church plant or you are a veteran who has been planting... Read more

  • 12 Things Your Church Needs to Know…

    …by the time it’s 12 months old Don’t take yourselves too seriously You are important to... Read more

  • Happy Birthday Churchplanting.com!

    This week is the one-year birthday of our site. It’s been quite a year at that – much more... Read more

  • 5 Church Planting Lessons From Johnny Appleseed

    John Chapman, aka the legendary “Johnny Appleseed” was a missionary who reached out to native... Read more

  • Plod Forward

    I’ve gone to a number of church planting conferences that feature plenary speakers who lead large... Read more

  • The Ideal-Sized Congregation? Try 500!

    Great churches come in a variety of sizes, very large ones, medium-sized ones and smaller ones.... Read more

  • Lasting Change? Take A Vow Of Stability!

    When I became a church planter I had in mind pursuing a vision that would outlast my measly few... Read more

  • What Me, An Evangelist?

    I recently took the online inventory commonly referred to as the APEST put together by Alan Hirsch... Read more

  • Persevere – Don’t Quit

    It’s difficult to determine the viability of a church plant from early on. In fact, sometimes it... Read more

  • The Crystal Cathedral – How’s Your Definition Going?

    What lessons can we draw from the demise of the Crystal Cathedral? No matter what you think of that... Read more

  • 10.5 Ways To Overcome Fear of the “E Word”

    We’ve all heard the church planting leads to evangelism but I don’t think that’s necessarily... Read more

  • Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Planting: Evangelists bring faith

    I’m glad I was influenced by several evangelists early on in my Christian life. These people did... Read more

  • Top Ten Mistakes In Church Planting: Catering Strictly to Believers (#1-3)

    There are opposite foci that tend to not work in launching a new church. One is to aim strictly at... Read more

  • Tea With Drucker

    A few years ago I had some tea with business guru Peter Drucker. I was invited to attend a small,... Read more

  • How Did Omaha’s Vitamins End Up In The Sewer?

    My friend Tracy couldn't believe his eyes. There before him was a twelve foot tall mountain of... Read more

  • Innovation – Or Can We Do Better?

    As we launch into the new year new ideas are naturally on the horizon. It is also time to consider... Read more

  • I Have Come To… Go Fish

    Christmas, age 13. “Not again! All you want for Christmas is more fishing stuff… you already... Read more

  • Delivering An Outward-Focused Message

    There is no area in the life of a pastor-communicator where he or she has a greater lack of... Read more

  • Carp Fishing (is) For Dummies

    …all you’ll ever need to know to hook the world’s most boring fish A friend of mine has... Read more

  • Planting A ‘Go And Do’ Church

    “Decide where you want to fit on the missional continuum – become either a come-and-see... Read more

  • “You’re In Charge of Pennies, Not Dollars”

    “One pitfall of good church planters is that they are big-picture people.  This is great in... Read more

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