Free Church Newcomers and Membership Class Curriculum

Free Church Newcomers and Membership Class Curriculum

We’re a purpose driven church, which means we believe in having a very intentional process for discipleship – for introducing people to each next step in their spiritual journey. For every church that wants to create this pipeline, I highly recommend...
5 Words of Wisdom and Caution for a Growing Church

5 Words of Wisdom and Caution for a Growing Church

Five years ago, Grace Hills Church was made up of about 35 of us. Last year, our final year meeting in a movie theater, we had an average worship attendance of about 240. And since moving into our current location in January of this year, that average has been 385...
How to Implement a Discipleship Process for a Healthy Church

How to Implement a Discipleship Process for a Healthy Church

We are sent, on mission, to make disciples. It is for making more and stronger disciples that the church exists. So… what’s your process for making them? There are two significant weaknesses common to struggling churches. They’ve never discovered...
The Three Things We Do Together As a Church

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...
Pointers for Pastors: What Is a Purpose Driven Church?

Pointers for Pastors: What Is a Purpose Driven Church?

What exactly is a ‘purpose driven’ church? In this Pointer for Pastors, I’ll tackle that question and explain what it means to focus on God’s eternal purposes for the church, rather than pretty much anything else. Click play to listen...

A Scalable Model for Making Disciples in Small Churches

“The New Testament is the only model we need!” There, I went ahead and said that for you. It’s out of the way. For those pastors and church leaders who highly value the New Testament AND actually want to accomplish something meaningful, read...
Fast, Fluid, Flexible… and Flourishing

Fast, Fluid, Flexible… and Flourishing

Movement is life. I recently watched the blockbuster hit, World War Z. I had been anticipating it for a long time, and it didn’t fail to impress me with it’s non-stop intensity starting two minutes in and not ending until the credits roll. There is a...

What to Do When Your Church Has Stopped Moving

Remember Newton’s first two laws of motion? Here’s a refresher… First law: Every object continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a straight line, unless compelled to change that state by external forces acted upon it. Second law: The...
A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

A casual observer of the modern church planting movement might conclude that we have a generation of leaders who are aggressively launching churches in the same way serial entrepreneurs start new businesses. With the right model, enough talent, and piles of cash, we...
The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church

The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church

In 1975, Bill Hybels assumed the leadership of a fledgling church plant that would grow into the rather influential Willow Creek Community Church. Under Bill’s leadership, the church pioneered many concepts in the seeker-sensitive strain of worship and ministry....

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