150 Church Planting Books

A few years ago I put out a list of 65 Church Planting books. That list has been accessed quite a lot over the past few years and a lot of people still ask me about it. My buddy JR Woodward has a top 10 list HERE. I decided it’s...

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Great Advice from Matthew Henry

Worldly men, Henry writes, “are apt to leave God out of their schemes.” They make plans and then set them into motion without the consultation of God. Proverbs reminds us “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”...

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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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Five Priorities (Part 3)

Priority # 3 – Spend one-on-one time with family members. “It is common for ministry families to feel as if their dad/husband cares more about the members of his church than he does about the members of his family. One way to avoid this is to spend one-on-one time with...

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Five Priorities (Part 2)

Priority #2 – Give you family preference on your schedule One of the unique privileges you will have as a church planter is the ability to leverage your schedule for the benefit of your family. You can align your calendar with that of your family and still be able to...

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Five Priorities for Church Planting Families

This is a excerpt from the chapter I wrote in “PLANT”. PLANT is a new resource produced by “Innovative Faith Resources” designed to equip church planters. You can order “PLANT” or watch a promo video about it HERE “It’s easy to allow the stress of planting churches to distract us...

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How to Adopt Without Going Into Debt

Julie Gumm published a book chronicling almost the exact same experience I’m writing about here in her new book, Adopt Without Debt. I’ve hesitated to write on this subject until the process is complete but have decided to move ahead with a disclaimer, so here it is: Our children are not...

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Retro Video, Book & Comic: The Gospel Blimp (1967)

In 2009 I sat in on the “intern discussions” at Capital Hill Baptist Church in DC. The semesters reading list was what you’d expect, books about ministry and polity… but during the course of the semester I learned of this strange title book, “The Gospel Blimp” by Joseph Bayly. Apparently...

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The Church's Response to the Plight of Orphans

Since our teenage romance my wife and I have imagined ourselves being adoptive parents. We’ve been changed by the gospel and compelled by the plight of orphans in Haiti and around the world. We’ve discussed the possibility many times but for one reason or another we’ve never acted on it....

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