Church Planting

PDC 16 Learning Lab: Planting Healthy, Purpose Driven Churches

I’m extremely excited about Purpose Driven Conference 2016 coming up June 28 – 30! It’s the first time in almost a decade that Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church have offered this kind of comprehensive leadership and church health conference and… I get to lead a learning lab on church planting! The description… It is possible to...
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3 Questions for the Heart of Every Church Leader 

This past Sunday was pretty special for Grace Hills Church. After four years of being a portable church plant meeting in two local movie theaters, we moved into our newly renovated space in Rogers, Arkansas. We called it a “soft launch” and reserved the Grand Opening for this coming Sunday – our fourth anniversary since...
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It Works! So Let’s Keep On Planting New Churches!

“You won’t find a part of this county we don’t already have covered.” A local Pastor said that to me just a couple of months into the pre-launch phase of planting Grace Hills. The most common question I received back then from leaders was something like, Another church? In Northwest Arkansas? Why? I get it. There have been...
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Taking the World by Storm

God Loves Big Thinking

Sometimes someone comes to Grace Hills from a larger church because they’re “looking for something smaller.” My reply is always the same. “You’re welcome here, but I hope we let you down.” It’s not that we’ve set out to be a “big” church or a megachurch. But we also haven’t set out on this journey...
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Nogonolo – The Bigger Purpose of God’s Power and Presence

A former missionary to Bolivia and Missions Director, Jerry Kidd, told the story of a continental conference on missions held in Africa. One unknown speaker stepped to the microphone and proclaimed a single word… “NOGONOLO!“, and then stepped back. The crowd was quiet and no one understood the word he’d spoken. It didn’t seem to...
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The Three Things We Do Together As a Church

Grace Hills is a simple, purpose driven church. That means that we try to do what we’re told to do by Jesus, and little else. There is plenty of debate today about what a local church ought to look like, with plenty of criticism directed at large churches, in particular, for pouring so many resources...
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