Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

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...
Getting Explicit About the Gospel

Getting Explicit About the Gospel

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...
Why Grace Hills Church Is In Jeopardy

Why Grace Hills Church Is In Jeopardy

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....
What Good Is Your Church Anyway?

What Good Is Your Church Anyway?

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...
Planting a Church? Plant a Teaching Hospital

Planting a Church? Plant a 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...
Building a Core Group vs. Gathering a Launch Team

Building a Core Group vs. Gathering a 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...

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