The Downside of Professional Christianity

Today I ran across a Huffington Post article that caught my attention called, “The Problem with Becoming a Professional Christian”. It caught my eye because it is almost the exact title of an article I wrote for “Send Network” earlier this year… Here’s a rerun of that article. There’s something about becoming...

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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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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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The Baptism of Young Children

Today I read a paper written by Roy Garza, the pastor/planter at Pillar Church of Stafford. He tackles a question that most pastors  and planters wrestle with at some point in their ministry. I posted on this subject early last year HERE and provided some helpful articles from other pastors...

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CPN at Pillar

“Identifying and Training Men in Your Congregation to Become Church Planters” Description: How do we as busy pastors and church planters begin to think about the subject of starting other new churches? We can’t even seem to keep our heads above water in our own church planting efforts! The good...

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