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rethinking commission encouragementAs Exponential East nears, we know that many of you are in different places. Some of you are seeking clarity on planting. Others are wondering what the next step is for your young church plant. Others are asking, “We’ve grown our church, now what?” Still, some of you are wondering if you should cut your losses and quit. Below, InterVarsity leader and church planter Beau Crosetto offers encouragement to planters wherever you are on this journey. 

by Beau Crosetto

I’m lonely.

I can’t do this anymore.

I don’t know if I have what it takes.

I think I could be doing something better with my life.

I am sure there are other things I am better at that I could spend my time doing.

If you have ever said something like this, then keep reading!

I know firsthand these feelings can emerge in any scenario or ministry, but I’m specifically writing to you who have embraced the call to plant. Continue Reading…

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MC GLOBE_revised_FINALMission Creep: The 5 Subtle Shifts That Sabotage Evangelism and Discipleship

Evangelism and discipleship aren’t rocket science. When Jesus sent out a ragtag team from Galilee with the expectation that they would evangelize and disciple the world, they pulled it off as a natural and spontaneous outworking of their faith.

Yet 2,000 years later, this same natural and spontaneous process has been turned into a complex and highly programmed skill left to the professionals. In this free resource, pastor and author Larry Osborne exposes what’s gone wrong and the five subtle shifts that sabotage our best efforts to reach the lost and bring them to full maturity. Download Mission Creep. 

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church plant launchby Doug Foltz

Recently a church planter told me, “I got so much done today, but then I looked at how much I had left and felt like I was eating the proverbial elephant.” Toward the end of the conversation, I asked how many people were on his launch team. “The same as last month,” he said. “I need to get some people around me.”

As you probably already know, there are hundreds of tasks to complete when planting a church. I have seen church planters start churches with many of the “tasks” incomplete. I’ve seen churches start with limited budgets, no staff, borrow and beg for equipment, and have even heard of a church that started in a park because they had no facility. Many of these churches overcame these obstacles and became a healthy congregation.

However, I’ve never seen a church start without people. A church planter’s worst nightmare is that opening Sunday arrives, and the only people in the congregation are his spouse, kids and mom.

Over the next four weeks in this series of blog posts, I’m focusing on priority No. 1 for every church planter regardless of the form of church you’re planting or the context in which you’re planting –building a launch team. Every church planter needs a team of people committed to helping start the church. Below are some vital launch team lessons I’ve learned firsthand and from talking to other planters. Continue Reading…

social media teamIf you’re planning on attending Exponential ’14 in person or via the free webcast and enjoy tweeting, we have an excellent opportunity to help you put your skills to good use. Exponential is seeking a team of volunteers to help us provide social media coverage (Twitter, Facebook, Storify, etc.) for the upcoming Exponential East conference April 28 through May 1. Whether you’re onsite in Orlando or watching the Exponential webcast, we need men and women to capture key, compelling messages in pre-conference intensives, main sessions, workshops, casual conversations, etc. Continue Reading…

church plant idea easter checklist

As you look toward April 20, spend a few minutes with your launch team or staff going over this logistics checklist we’ve compiled from various sources to make sure you’re prepared and ready for Easter weekend. Preparation goes a long way in making sure your guests have a good experience with your church. 

Easter Weekend Checklist

1. Ask your prayer team or (encourage people to sign up for shifts) to pray for Easter weekend.

2. Determine contingency plans in case of overflow. How many guests do you expect? Will they all fit in your gathering area? Or does your normal Sunday crowd already fill most of your space? If your services are already 80 percent full, consider adding an extra service. Continue Reading…

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Recently I was blessed to be able to take a trip to Scotland to visit one of our missionaries there. Following this, I went to Lindisfarne Island to take a seminar in “Exploring the Celtic Heritage,” a class offered through Fuller Theological Seminary, taught by John and Olive Drane.

This was a seminar that I had long wanted to take, and it was quite an experience. In this series of blog posts I hope to share some of the lessons that I learned from the experience, seminar, and the reading. I will begin sharing with the conversion of the Irish to Christianity. I had been interested in this mission history and its application for today ever since reading the book The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George Hunter some ten years ago (a book that has recently been updated and still well worth the read).

First, however, a note about the use of the term “Celtic.” There was no one Celtic people or one Celtic church. The Celts were a diverse group of peoples held together primarily through a common underlying Gaelic language. In around 400 c.e., the time of “St. Patrick,” as he was later known, there were the Irish Celts, the Picts or Scottish Celts, and the Briton Celts. The Irish Celts invaded modern day Scotland, creating the similarity in language and accents between these two peoples. And the Britons were invaded by the Anglo-Saxons (the Angles were one of the Saxon tribes, which were Germanic in origin). This pushed the Britons mainly into Brittany and Wales (creating the Welsh people), while the rest of the Britons mixed with the Anglo-Saxons. Continue Reading…

There is a church planting network called “Acts 29.” I’ve always been annoyed that they thought of the title first. It’s genius. There are 28 chapters in the book of Acts in the Bible. Those 28 chapters record the unfolding of the New Testament era of redemption and the spread of the gospel from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria, and to the Gentile peoples as far as Rome across the Mediterranean world. But the book doesn’t really end.

There’s no great concluding statement. The last three verses say: “[Paul:] ‘So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.’ And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, greatly disagreeing with each other. For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.” (Acts 28:28-31 NLT) Continue Reading…

 

When we started the work of planting Grace Hills, we developed a timeline to established what we hoped to be doing for the first six months – our “pre-launch” process. It looked like this (except it included July and August – couldn’t find that version):

Grace Hills Timeline

Lately, we’ve grown and I’ve been quite excited about what God is up to. But when someone asks me what our vision is, I struggle to answer. This isn’t because I don’t have a vision. I can very quickly and in a passionate voice tell you the people we hope to reach, how we hope to reach them, and what we aim to do for the kingdom. But in terms of actual growth – numerical, physical, and otherwise – I have a hard time articulating specifics about the future. I think part of the reason is that I haven’t had a timeline. I risked moving away from the entrepreneurial spirit that drove me week after week in the good ole’ days. Continue Reading…