Church Planting


Four Ways to Strengthen the Church Planter’s Marriage

4/5/17 in Church Planting

How is your marriage going to survive or even thrive when you are doing all you can just to keep the church plant going?

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Challenges and Opportunities for Women Church Planters, Part 2

3/10/17 in Church Planting

Gender aside, church planting is not for the fainthearted. Yet (to use a decidedly feminine metaphor), just like the labor of childbirth, the extraordinary exertion—combined with some degree of pain—is temporary, and beyond worth it!

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Challenges and Opportunities for Women Church Planters

2/22/17 in Church Planting

In 2010, I started one of the first two satellite churches for a large nondenominational church in Seattle. Not only did it feel very lonely, it is, in fact, very rare. I have yet to encounter a female lead pastor in an analogous situation. When I searched for data to substantiate my experience, it was also scant and difficult to find.

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The Shrewd Ethics of Starting a New Church

2/8/17 in Church Planting

From house churches to churches with full-time vocational pastors, we have experienced a breadth of ecclesial expressions in our city. While many of the frameworks that our churches prioritize are different, we have noted 12 commonalities as expressed by our 12 core covenant values

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Kingdom Embassies and Ambassadors

1/30/17 in Church Planting

“Where should we plant?” and “Who will be our church planter?” are two of the first questions our eager church planting commission asks as we hover over a detailed map of our North Texas region. Our team, with coffee in hand, has gathered this early morning filled with excitement and expectation as we analyze where new houses are being built.

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Feeling Inadequate for the Task

1/23/17 in Church Planting

Sometimes, it seems, God calls us to persist in a given ministry, even though we feel ill-equipped, seem to take two steps back for every one step forward, and generally (in our own estimation, at least), kind of suck. We struggle, don’t see the fruit we hope for, and wonder aloud why God didn’t call someone with better skills to take on this challenge.

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What All Planters Have in Common: Starting New Things

1/11/17 in Church Planting

Apart from sensing a clear call from God to plant a church, what do most church planting leaders consider to be the strongest indicator of being a fruitful planter? The answer is a demonstrated track record of starting new things either inside or outside of the church.

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Seedless Watermelons and the Gospel

12/12/16 in Church Planting

One of the great inventions of history is seedless watermelon. I sometimes wonder if kids growing up today can even imagine a past when anyone eating watermelon would have to carry around a little bowl that would function as their seed-spittoon. I’ve thought quite a bit about seedless watermelons and the gospel, and it’s caused me to be convicted about my own faith.

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Got theological education?

12/6/16 in Church Planting

Do church planters need a theological education? Should those of us guiding potential church planters encourage them to get a theological education? We’ve all heard the well-worn put-downs that seminary can be a spiritual cemetery and that people just need Jesus, not exegesis.

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Three Ways to Build a Church Planter Pipeline

9/26/16 in Church Planting

Where do church planters come from? This morning I got off the phone with a friend who is a denominational church planting leader. We both agreed that one of the major obstacles to planting more churches is the lack of identifiable pipelines for church planters.

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Holy Discontent

8/25/16 in Pioneers of Today

My call story begins in my fifth grade science class when I learned about the cardiovascular system. I was utterly captivated by the heart and started dreaming about becoming an open heart surgeon. I knew from age 11 that I would be working on hearts, I just assumed at the time that it would be through surgery.

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Why Plant a New Church When There Are Already So Many?

5/10/16 in Missiology Conversations

Fuller is excited to now offer a new degree emphasis in Church Planting to master’s students, in addition to our Certificate in Church Planting. As we seek to equip men and women who are called to plant churches, we must ask the question: Why plant a new church when there are already so many? Why not just invest in churches that already exist?

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