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Meet Lawrence Adjah and the Jersey City Project

Lawrence was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in New Jersey. His parents, Nigerian immigrants and faithful Christians, influenced Lawrence’s early faith. While his childhood church attendance was formative, it was in college while experiencing his own loneliness that Lawrence hungered to connect with other Christians to grow in his faith. Lawrence’s desire to know God as revealed in scripture led him to begin leading a Bible study. This regular study changed Lawrence’s life as it strengthened his own faith. Lawrence studied at Harvard, the University of Texas, and Stanford. His professional career was started in Jersey City, which is…

Hiring Staff

By Brian Kruckenberg, lead planter of New City Church You’ve read the books, gone to school, gone through assessment, raised money, worked and reworked your vision statement, found a place to meet and made it through launch. Congratulations, you’ve planted your church! You thought the most difficult stage was over, right? While the beginning stage of a church plant presents lots of challenges, I’ve found that as your church matures the decisions and leadership pressure only intensifies. It is sort of like raising kids. When they are little it is physically demanding, but once your kids discover a world outside…

Business Books For Church Planters

From Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment Church planters often fall into one of two categories regarding business and leadership books. One group uncritically embraces whatever method sits atop the current bestseller lists. This approach fails to recognize that the secular publishing industry is plagued by faddishness that would embarrass Contemporary Christian Music labels. Many of these books have a shelf life slightly longer than a gallon of whole milk. The other category of pastor fails to engage with any secular content regarding business/ leadership. These leaders pay lip service to a “biblical” way of leading, but too often are relying on their instincts…

Launch Sunday- Delaware Christian Church

New season. New church. New you. Those words marked an amazing launch for Delaware Christian Church (DCC) in the heart of the city of Wilmington. People gathered at a public school auditorium in the midst of the city’s well-known Trolley Square neighborhood on a brilliant spring morning. Lead Planter Marcos Mercado has used the phrase “new season, new church, new you” to welcome people to the new church. Calvin was one of the volunteers at the service. He lives in the city and had been searching for something spiritual.  Often Calvin prayed that someone who could guide him would cross his…

2018 Lead Planter’s Retreat

Church planting is a glorious (and sometimes exhausting) calling.  Once a year, we gather many of our lead planting couples for a retreat in Miami.  It is a time to reconnect with each other, share what’s working, and discuss the issues that challenge us.  It is a great joy to serve these world-class leaders.  The work they are doing for God’s Kingdom is laudable. The 2018 lead planters share their stories with the group: The highlight of the week: Praying for the lead planters, a time of vulnerability and hope. A few of our future church planters:

Get to know the Santa Barbara Church Plant, launching in the fall of 2018. Santa Barbara, located approximately 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is a center of influence on the central coast of California.  There are over 40,000 college students in the city, and several technology startups had their beginnings in Santa Barbara.  Due to its climate, parks, and art culture, the city is a year-round destination for visitors.  It also ranks as #21 on Barna’s Least Churched Cities in the U.S. and #2 on the Never-Churched List. Lead planter Jake Barker states, “Santa Barbara is defined by its laid back culture…