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Creating Excellence With a Tiny Budget

Budget Motel

When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn't have the quarter of a million dollars that some plants in America start out with. We had way less than that in fact, so we had to figure out how to hack some things together, and I'm convinced it's made us stronger. We learned to do the very best we could with what …

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Planting Churches and Popping Bubbles

Double Bubbles

When we started planting Grace Hills Church, we moved fast. We had our first public information meeting in July of 2011 and launched in January of 2012. Some planting strategists would make the assumption that we were all about getting to the weekend show and not enough about making disciples. Nothing could be …

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How Churches Can Partner to Plant New Churches

Planting Multiples

Denominations don't plant churches.  Churches plant churches. This is why churches should be proactive about church planting rather than waiting for denominational boards and agencies to get the job done. Having said that, most churches don't have the resources to plant another church on their own, so they …

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Before You Plant a Church, Clarify Your Calling

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The work of planting a new church will probably kill you. On my first day in Greek Grammar class in Bible college, Dr. Jesse Thomas walked in and stood at the podium to offer a brief welcome, "Welcome to boot camp." Serious students survived, some even thrived, but some fell by the wayside because of their …

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How’s the Dream Going?

Dream

In the late spring of 2011, Angie and I spent a lot of time dreaming and talking about what Grace Hills Church would look like. I wrote our conversations out in a form that I later presented at our very first informational meeting about Grace Hills Church on July 17, 2011. Since then, I've looked back at what I …

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Why Church Planting?

Sprout

Obviously, I'm passionate about church planting. On the blog of the Acts 29 Network is a great article that echoes my heart about the matter. It's an adaptation of a writing by Tim Keller, and it really reflects the reason why we're planning on planting out of Grace Hills as soon as possible. The vigorous, …

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My Church Planting Model Is Better Than Yours

Harvest

Not really. Or at least I'm not sure. Church planting is a hot topic right now in western Christianity, and it needs to be with the spiritual condition of North America and western Europe. And when anything is a hot topic, it creates tension. Tension can be good. Out of tension flows a creative discussion …

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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

Planting

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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