Advice for Elders in New Churches

Paul’s Advice to the Ephesians Elders: “28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in...

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Two New Iceland Videos

I’m elated about the good things that are going on in Iceland right now. We’ve been working to spread the gospel there for several years and over the years several other churches have joined our Iceland Project effort. The first video you will see here is an update video from...

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The Church Planting Podcast

Over the past few months I’ve been working to put together a podcast that would be a help to planters and sending churches. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in his/her respective field. Podcast guests include: Dave Harvey, author of “Am I Called”  Mike McKinley, author of “Church...

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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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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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