Church Planting

Why Church Planters Must Be Able to Teach – Christian Article

The call to pastor involves the work of teaching the Bible. One cannot miss this recurring emphasis in the pastoral epistles (e.g., 1 Tim. 3:1–2). Not all Christians will be gifted in this area, but pastors must be. The same, therefore, has to be true of church planters. Anyone who aspires to plant a church must be able to teach the Word of God. To help us think about teaching Scripture in the local church, I’m excited to have my friend…

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My Pain Prepared Me to Plant a Church – Christian Article

I didn’t grow up immersed in the American dream. A house in a safe suburb, 2.5 kids, a dog—none of that. It wasn’t my life. I come from a single-parent home in a neighborhood that grew rougher with each passing year. I’m a product of New York City public schools, where some teachers cared but others told you they were just there for a check. I had outdated textbooks and school-provided lunches where they told me pizza is a vegetable (tomato…

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Preachers and Evangelists: Then and Now

Increasingly, Twitter is becoming a long-form medium. It’s not just the 140 vs. 280 character thing, but with the use of threads, writers can present rather extensive essays. Every once in awhile I find threads which I think are worthy of being preserved somewhere more permanent. The writer may have envisioned something temporary — a kind of Snapchat prose — but the words deserve greater attention. So as we’ve done before — Skye Jethani, Mark Clark, Sheila Wray Gregoire, etc.…

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The Gospel Does Not ‘Float Downstream’ from Big Cities – Christian Article

Small towns and rural areas across the world need churches; they won’t be reached with the gospel by default. And many such places in the United States are growing increasingly secular—churches are dying faster than new ones are being planted. While it’s right to highlight the need to plant churches in large, growing urban centers, we would be mistaken to assume that the gospel will automatically “float downstream” from big cities. If we don’t intentionally give ourselves to seeing churches planted…

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