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Church Planting Year One: Don’t Forget Your Family

By Bert Crabbe True North Community Church, Long Island, NY Planting a church is a huge undertaking, and anyone who’s even glanced at a first-year church planter can see that it takes a toll on a person – body, mind, and soul. But. There’s another area that can really take a hit if we’re not careful – the church planter’s family. When we planted True North almost 13 years ago (dang!), it was explained to me that the year prior to launch and the first year of the plant would be pretty brutal. Even with a killer team of volunteers,…

Church Launch and Loneliness

By Lindsay Kuhl Mosaic Church, Elkridge, Maryland Mother Teresa says “loneliness… is the most terrible poverty.” When we launched Mosaic nearly 10 years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the deep loneliness that came with it. In 2008, my husband Carl and I moved from Louisville, KY to Baltimore, MD with our only child at the time, a 6-month-old baby girl. We moved in January. It was cold, dreary, and dark. Little did I know that the weather would mimic my mood for several months to come. We had 6 months to get settled before our launch team meetings would start. We…

Mission Church Grand Opening

On September 23rd, MISSION CHURCH celebrated the grand opening of their new worship space in Ventura, California. The building is located right off of the main highway and is visible to the thousands of people who drive by daily. Mission also marked their 7th birthday last month. In those seven years, over 500 people have been baptized at Mission! Lead planter Mike Hickerson shares that Mission’s hope is that this new building will be a lighthouse to people, pointing the way to find and follow Jesus.

The Gathering Harlem- One Year Celebration

Congratulations to our church family at THE GATHERING in Harlem, New York City! They celebrated their one year birthday in September. The Gathering has grown in numbers, but the leadership is also excited about the spiritual and emotional growth they’ve seen in their people.  Our prayer with all new churches is that they will grow and thrive and spread the good news of Jesus! He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6

The Power Of “I Don’t Know”

By Jeremy Hazelton Village Church, Buffalo, New York Every time I learn something new, I realize how much more I still have to learn. This has been a challenge for me in virtually every aspect of my life, but perhaps most acutely in my work as a church planter and pastor. As someone who likes to masquerade as an intellectual, I pride myself on being well read, having the answer most of the time, and generally projecting the kind of confidence that inspires others to follow my lead. With some healthy accountability and the right kind of truth-tellers in your…

Launch Sunday – Mission City Church

MISSION CITY CHURCH held their first service on Sunday with two full services. One attendee, a resident of Santa Barbara, said, “I feel like this church was started just for people like me!” Lead planter Jake Barker laid out the vision for the church. “This is a church for the down and out and the up and comers, for bartenders and single moms and soccer coaches. For the addicted, the confused, the hurting, and the hungry.” Above all, this church is for sharing the hope of Jesus with Santa Barbara!  The city is a mixture of college students, the creative class,…

Hiring And Firing Staff In A Church Plant

By Derrick Puckett Renewal Church, Chicago Illinois We came into planting a church in Chicago like we had it all together. We thought we had the perfect location, the perfect staff team, enough money, and people. In the mind of the church planter, the plant may look and feel better than it actually is. A lot is inflated or embellished. Until you launch and in the first six months figure out: the roses ain’t smelling so good anymore.  I was certain we would never have problems with our staff team.  We moved to Chicago with friends. Within the first six…

Launch Sunday – Bay City Church

Sunday was a great start for BAY CITY CHURCH in San Francisco!  Bay City meets in the Bayview neighborhood, one of the last remaining working-class neighborhoods in the city. As the San Francisco continues to grow, Bay City has the opportunity to introduce people to Jesus – whether they are long time residents or newcomers in search of work and opportunity.  Lead planter Eddie Williams grew up in this part of the city. He has asked, “What if the reason I was born here was so that God would be glorified through the planting of a church that would share the story…

Upcoming In California

BAY CITY CHURCH in San Francisco is launching with their first worship service on Sunday, September 9th. Eddie Williams is leading this team with the goal of making a big kingdom impact in the very neighborhood where he grew up. They have been hosting monthly vision gatherings to prepare for the launch and three preview services have drawn 60-80 people already! MISSION CITY CHURCH in Santa Barbara is holding their grand opening service on Sunday, September 16th. Jake Barker and his team have been building a core group and connecting in the community to build momentum toward this important day. They…

Church Planting, The Third Time.

from Justin Anderson, lead planter of the Seattle Project I’ve been told more than once if there is anything else I could do with my life, besides church planting, I should do that thing. I have now ignored that advice three times. I never thought I would plant three churches, but God does what God does. In 2004, my fiancé and I moved from San Diego, California to Tempe, Arizona to plant Praxis Church with a handful of people, most of whom were relatives. After eight years, two kids, and some of my favorite memories, our family packed our bags…