The Link Between Prayer and Progress (Part 1)

Confession time, in the early days of Pillar Church I was doing everything I knew to do to grow the church because… I thought that was my job. We ran TV commercials, 10,000 piece mailers, nice equipment, friendly environment, good coffee and on and on… but I was not spending...

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Planting the Gospel in Concrete

Planting Churches is in fashion among evangelicals today and I’m really happy about this. And Cities… cities are the “5th Ave” of the church planting buzz. Everyone loves the cities… Chris Tomlin is singing about them authors are writing about them… and it seems every aspiring church planter wants to...

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Church Planter Pirates (Part 5)

One final way you can avoid acting like a church planter pirate is to work hard to reduce resource dependance on your sending church as soon as possible. In short, grow up. Make it a priority to elect your own leaders, pay your own bills and staff your own ministries...

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Church Planter Pirates (Part 4)

So a church planter has three jobs… To plant a gospel-centered church. To do what he can to make sure his sending church has a good experience so that they will want to plant again. To lead his new church to plant other gospel-centered churches. All are important but most...

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Church Planter Pirates (Part 3)

James McDonald… My wife went through a lot to bring our three children into the world. Carrying them for nine months, the trips to the doctor, the uncertainty, the anxiety, the actual process of labor, delivering the baby, it’s just painful. “Mother Church” is a perfect image. If’ you are...

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Church Planter Pirates (Part 2)

Yesterday I talked about Church Planter Pirates… Guys who are so focused on starting a new church that they don’t care what they do to hurt other churches in the process. Faithful pastors have concern for “all the churches”… so let’s look at some things you can do in the...

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Church Planter Pirates (Part 1)

pi·rate  (prt) – One who preys on others; a plunderer. The early church was characterized by a “concern for all the Churches”. Paul said he faced “daily pressure” and “inwardly burned” out of concern for other churches. The Churches of Macedonia gave sacrificially so that the Gospel would take root...

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Five Priorities (Part 5)

Priority # 5 – Exploit the benefits of ministry for the joy of your family. “Planting a new church will tax your family in unexpected ways. Your wife and children will experience the ups and downs of church planting as much as you will. They will tire from unrealistic expectations,...

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Five Priorities (Part 4)

Priority # 4 – Don’t do for your church what you are unwilling to do for your family. “The sad truth is that many pastors view their home life as a place to decompress from the stress of ministry, a place where they don’t have to be the pastor. These...

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