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Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley

A little over a year ago, Angie and I started planting Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas, and one of our biggest hopes is that it's a church that unchurched people love to attend. So Andy Stanley's newest book, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend caught my attention. I …

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Getting Explicit About the Gospel

The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

Rick Warren said, "If you read only one book this year, make it this one. It's that important." The gospel is a message that never loses its relevancy and always needs retelling. I found Matt Chandler's The Explicit Gospel to be an awesome retelling of it. Chandler's explanation of the gospel is ultra-clear, …

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Why Grace Hills Church Is In Jeopardy

Thin Ice

Grace Hills Church is eleven Sundays old, officially, and about eight months old, unofficially. And we're in trouble. If we don't do something, all of our effort will be in vain and all hope of planting the kind of church Jesus had in mind will be lost. No, we're not out of money. God has provided every step …

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Seth Godin on Church Planting

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I don't know if Seth knows what church planting is or not, but his post yesterday should be memorized (it's short - that's Seth) by every church planter in the world. I'll quote it in its entirety because of its brevity... There's nothing wrong with having a plan. Plans are great. But missions are …

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What Good Is Your Church Anyway?

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I recently read the quote of a skeptical unbeliever that stopped me in my tracks... The church is a parasite. It owns the best property, doesn't pay any taxes, and doesn't help anybody. As a Pastor who loves the local church rather deeply, everything in me wants to argue. Who does this anonymous skeptic …

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Planting a Church? Plant a Teaching Hospital

Teaching Hospital

That phrase - "teaching hospital" - jumped out at me during a recent conversation with Geoff Surratt, Pastor of Church Planting at Saddleback Church. As we discussed the vision of Grace Hills Church over lunch, Geoff helped me put words to the burden I kept feeling to plant more than a church - to plant a …

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Rick Warren On the Most Important Thing Your Church Will Ever Do

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I was thrilled when I receive Pastor Rick Warren's article for this past week's issue of the new Pastor's Toolbox. I'm not sure if it's because we feel the threat of extinction is too close or that we're just too individualistic, but the American church is obsessed with self-preservation and has failed to …

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Building a Core Group vs. Gathering a Launch Team

Launch Team

Missional leaders understand that there is no faster way to expand the Kingdom of God than planting new indigenous churches, even in communities where established churches already exist. This is partly because new churches tap into new and overlapping circles of relationships. But it's also because of a simple …

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The Meaning of Life? Let Me Check in the Back.

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Can't see the video? The Meaning of Life? Uh, Let Me Check in the Back via Vimeo. The day Toy Story 3 was released on DVD, I was at CVS pharmacy where they offered a sweet deal for it, but they weren't even aware of this monumental event. They had to get the DVD's out of the back. Sometimes, our faith is …

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God, Forgive Our Youthful Arrogance

I love church planters and I love cutting edge, innovative ministry. I'm encouraged by the growth of a kind of Christianity that calls us back to the New Testament model of worship and ministry as we head into the turbulent waters of this next decade. But I'm concerned with what I perceive sometimes to be …

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