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Curated links for your weekend reading: 3 Practical Steps for Reaching the Mission Field in Your Neighborhood Three practical steps will help you reach the mission field in your backyard. 6 Lessons for Tending Your Time What can us schedulers learn from farmers and gardeners? Yes, You Need to Talk to the Manager When strivings for justice lose hope, they become weaker, not stronger. How Charles Spurgeon Promoted Meaningful Membership How did Spurgeon practice meaningful m...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Ontario, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Ed Stetzer, Arnold Dallimore


Pray for Church Plants

I’ve written about how I worry for pastors during this COVID-19 crisis. The truth is that I’m also worried about a particular kind of pastor: church planters. And I’m concerned for their new churches. Church planting is a fragile thing. You move in to an area as a missionary and try to evangelize a church into existence. It’s hard and risky. Not everyone survives at the best of times. I’ve heard Ed Stetzer say that a third of churches thrive; a third survive; a third fail. But we’re not in...
Tags: Featured, Life, Ed Stetzer, Christian Living, Pastoring, Church Plants


Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: Go Home We are not called to fame and fortune – and no one else is either. We are called to serve and worship Christ where we are right now and not wait until we get bigger, smarter, richer, or more influential. 8 Ways Expository Preaching Changed Our Church People needed to hear from God. Our young church plant needed to hear from God. So, that’s what we did. And, expository preaching changed our church. Church Planting in Canada In Epis...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Christ, Ed Stetzer, Daniel Im


Learning to Be Content

I’ll admit it: I sometimes struggle with discontentment. It’s why I include a prayer for contentment in my prayer list. I could be more gifted. My church could be more successful. I could have more money. We — especially those who are leaders — live in the land of more. There’s never enough. But I recently heard Ed Stetzer say that he sometimes wished he was a simple church planter. Ed Stetzer, the Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism at Wheaton, a sought-after speaker, author, and pastor, sometimes...
Tags: Featured, Life, Rockefeller, PAUL, Wheaton, Ed Stetzer, Char, Christian Living, Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism


Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading: Pastors & Suicide: What Pastors and Congregations Need to Know How could a pastor commit suicide? Why are pastors committing suicide at increasing rates? What can you do if you are a pastor to help yourself? What can you do as a congregation to help your pastor? Can Someone Be Spiritually Healthy and Still Experience Mental Health Challenges? We should expect to find the same variance in mental health expressions amongst Christians that we find in physical health ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Ed Stetzer, Darryl Dash


Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading: Gentleness – All About Communication Are you gentle? How would you know? Why You Need an Untouchable Day (or Two) Every Week You’ll not only accomplish more, you’ll improve your mental health, and free up hours and hours for friendships and family. Why I Choose to Be a Bivocational Pastor Ed Stetzer says that being bivocational is not a penalty, but an opportunity. I can now affirm this to be true. But I didn’t always see it this way. Don’t Title People “Pas...
Tags: Life, Links, Jesus, Ed Stetzer, Great Commission


Missiology Before Ecclesiology? Not so Fast!

It’s become fashionable to say that we need to put our missiology (the mandate, mission, and message of the church) before our ecclesiology (our theology and practice of the church), and that Christology comes before both. In The Shaping of Things to Come, Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost write: Our Christology informs our missiology, which in turn determines our ecclesiology. If we get this the wrong way around and allow our notions of the church to qualify our sense of purpose and mission, we ca...
Tags: Life, Church, Jesus, Ed Stetzer, Alan Hirsch, Michael Frost, Lesslie Newbigin, Theology, Christology, Ecclesiology, Missiology, David Putman, Nathan Knight


Rethinking How We Fund Church Planting

If a church plant doesn’t become self-supporting by year four, it’s unlikely to do so. I’d heard this fact from Daniel Im based on research conducted by Lifeway. As I prepared for a meeting at our church plant, now in its fourth year, I wondered whether this statistic applied in Canada. I looked up the Canadian church planting report, and discovered a shocking fact: 58% of church plants in Canada never become self-supporting. Read that again. Even as a I type it, I have a hard time believing it...
Tags: Life, Canada, States, Daniel, Lifeway, Ed Stetzer, Examine Models Church


When Church Plants Fail

When I began the process of church planting, my friend Paul Martin asked me a sobering question: “Do you think the plant might fail and are you personally prepared for that?” It’s a question that no church planter wants to face, but one that every church planter must answer. I’ve heard Ed Stetzer say that a third of church plants thrive; a third survive; and a third fail. Church planting isn’t for the risk-averse. In the few years that I’ve been a church planter, I understand the struggle. I’ve...
Tags: Life, God, Pixar, Don, Ed Stetzer, Paul Martin, Todd Billings, Ed Catmull, Oswald Sanders


Surviving Early Struggle in Church Planting

According to Les McKeown, author of Predictable Success, 80% of new ventures fail. He calls this phase “Early Struggle” and says: For most new ventures, Early Struggle is the most dangerous dangerous time they will face, and it is not surprising that, as a consequence the rate of “infant mortality” in new ventures is very high. Many more businesses die than make it through Early Struggle. The same, I’m sure, applies to new churches. The struggle in the early years is simply to survive, and man...
Tags: Life, Ikea, Don, McKeown, Ed Stetzer, Herman Miller, Les McKeown, Church Planting


The Truth About Church Planting

When people ask me how the church plant is going, I never know how to answer. There’s good news to report, of course, but it’s never all good. Mostly it feels ordinary, with regular setbacks, with alternating bouts of encouragement and despair. John Starke captured this in a recent series of tweets: What should be communicated to potential city church planters is how unsexy, often humiliating, confusing, tiring, & long-term it is. — John Starke (@john_starke) January 13, 2017 He went on to s...
Tags: Facebook, Life, Toronto, Chicago, Jesus, God, Christ, Jesus Christ, Timothy, Ministry, PAUL, Matt Chandler, Ed Stetzer, Kent Hughes, Starke, Gospel Coalition


Best Books of 2016

Here, no particular order, are the top eleven books I read in 2016. God Dreams — Will Mancini is my go-to guy for thinking about vision. God Dreams helps is an essential tool for any church leader to help discern, communicate, and act on vision. It’s simply one of the most useful and practical tools out there for church leaders. I reviewed it back in January. Visual Theology — I appreciate those who are able to communicate theology in a practical and beautiful way. Visual Theology is pleasing t...
Tags: Books, Usa, Life, Toronto, Chicago, Anger, Best Books, Martin Luther King Jr, Lewis, White City, Ed Stetzer, Daniel Im, Church Planting, Will Mancini, Manhunt


Planting Missional Churches

When I moved into a condo, only the best books moved with me. To make the cut, a book had to be indispensable.It says something, then, that I kept Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer. I've consulted it many times as I've planted. Stetzer is a church planting expert. He's planted churches, researched church planting, and consulted with church planters across the globe. Planting Missional Churches is a good book, but it needed a refresh. May 1 marks the release of a new edi...
Tags: Amazon, Australia, Life, Book Reviews, Canada, Daniel, Ed Stetzer, Stetzer, Daniel Im, Church Planting, State of Church Planting



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