Tom Nebel

Dr. Tom Nebel is the Director of Church Planting for Converge Worldwide (formerly the Baptist General Conference), a position he accepted in 2006. Prior to that (1992-2005) he served as Director of Church Planting for the Great Lakes Baptist Conference and Associate Director of TeAmerica. He has participated in the planting of more than 50 churches in Wisconsin and hundreds of churches across the United States, currently experiencing a success rate of over 85%. His passion is to fuel regional church planting movements so that they may be effective in expanding the Kingdom of God.

Tom is author of Empowering Leaders Through Coaching, The Coach’s Logbook, Big Dreams in Small Places: Church Planting in Smaller Communities and Church Planting Landmines: Mistakes to Avoid in Years 2-10. His newest book, Parent Church Landmines: Ten Mistakes a Multiplying Church Should Avoid, a co-authorship with Ben Ingebretson, was released 2010.

Tom is an engaging and humorous communicator and a strategic leader. He holds degrees from Denver Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminar. In the words of church planting strategist Bob Logan, “Tom Nebel combines visionary leadership and the solid experience necessary to see church planting movements propel”. Tom and Lori make their home in Madison, WI and Orlando, FL. They have two grown sons, Andrew and Matthew.

Converge Worldwide

The parent fellowship of Converge Church Planting.

ChurchSmart Resources

The publisher of Tom's books.

Tom Nebel Posts
  • 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... Read more

  • Why We Need to Maintain Perspective

    I was sitting in a class with J. Robert “Bobby” Clinton years ago, dealing with life-long... Read more

  • Your Church Needs to be Generous, Too

    Today I want to prod you to lead your church to be generous. Here’s the deal.  Sooner or later,... Read more

  • Why You Need To Clear Your Head

    I’m on a plane, heading back home from the Exponential church planting conference in Orlando.  A... Read more

  • Some Things Only God Can Do

    Somebody here needs to be reminded that there are some things that only God can do.   At times... Read more

  • Beware of Arranged Marriages

    In real life, arranged marriages can work well.  In church planting, not so well.  Here’s what... Read more

  • Self-Scouting

    A few weeks ago I had the unique experience of chatting with Green Bay Packers’ head coach Mike... Read more

  • Are We Being Competitive Or Cooperative?

    The NFL season is back, and I attended the inaugural game Thursday night, September 8, when the... Read more

  • Coaching Quickstart – Part 2

    Last month I introduced you to coaching, with the first of two key acronymns:  WAIT.  If you want... Read more

  • Coaching Quickstart – Part 1

    If you’re a church planter, you’re a coach.  Your ministry days are filled with helping others... Read more

  • Beware Spousal Drift

    Church planters:  here’s something we learned in Converge Church Planting, and many of us... Read more

  • The Elusive Quest for Balance

    A church planting colleague once said to me, “I keep hearing about how we are supposed to be... Read more

  • Stuck In Networking Neutral?

    Stuck in networking neutral?  Not enough good contacts?   Church not growing the way you’d... Read more

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