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LEGAL PITFALLS TO AVOID

“THERE ARE TWO THINGS IN LIFE YOU CAN’T AVOID…” As a church planter or church leader, there are some things we don’t like to think about but, in the end, cannot avoid. I can’t give official legal advice in this forum, but I can point out things that I’ve seen that, just like death and taxes, must be planned for and expected: 1) UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHURCH COULD GET SUED . . . AT ANY TIME It is a bad day when a summons is served. Yet in reality, anyone can sue for any reason. They may not prevail, but they…

Miami Church

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On any given Sunday at Miami Church, 15 different countries will be represented by the people who attend.  Miami as a city is known for its multicultural flair, flashy style, warm weather, and increasingly, for people who say they feel isolated.  Miami Church is a gathering place where many find community. Launched in the fall of 2015, Miami Church has the opportunity to sign a lease on new space that will improve visibility. Over 100,000 cars daily pass the intersection where they will meet! Miami Church’s mission from the beginning has been to “help people find and follow Jesus.”  This space…

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…

FINDING A FACILITY

From Brent Storms, President and CEO One of the biggest challenges of starting a church in a center city or urban context is finding the right facility for Sunday gatherings. Space is limited. Landlords are skeptical. Prices are (often) outrageous. One example of the challenges: a few years ago, hotly contested lawsuits bounced from court to court regarding whether or not churches should be allowed to rent New York City public schools for religious services. Some churches met in public schools and then moved out and then back in again as a result. Orchard Group is focused on planting churches…

ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CHURCH PLANTERS

By Brent Storms, President and CEO I’ve been hanging around church planters for twenty years. I planted a church fifteen years ago, and since then I’ve interviewed, assessed, trained, coached or managed hundreds of church planters. They are among the brightest, most gifted, most entrepreneurial leaders in the kingdom. They also make mistakes. Lots of them. Sometimes these errors lead to surprisingly positive outcomes; others result in painful long-term consequences. We’d like to help church planters avoid common mistakes, so here are five things I’ve learned during the last two decades: RAISE MORE MONEY THAN YOU THINK YOU’LL NEED Church…

Collective Church

It’s so exciting when a church gets to sign for a new facility to worship! Collective Church has met in several venues on the west side of Los Angeles over the last three years.  Recently, they had the opportunity to move into a space that is conveniently located, with children’s space, plenty of room to grow, and parking to spare. We can’t wait to see what the next three years hold for Collective! Read more of Collective’s story

VALUES THAT SHAPE CULTURE

By Mike Hickerson When we started Mission, I would love to tell you we knew exactly what we were doing…we didn’t. I would love to tell you we had values and strategy clearly marked out…we didn’t. I would love to tell you we knew what it was going to look like in three years…we didn’t. I would love to tell you we knew how hard it was going to be, how much fun it was going to be, how we couldn’t imagine missing this…we didn’t. What we didn’t know in the beginning seemed to significantly outweigh what we did, and…

THE FUTURE CHURCH

By Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment “It’s difficult to make predictions, especially if it’s about the future.” – Mark Twain The 1989 film, Back to the Future II, made some incredible predictions about what the year 2015 would look like. It correctly foretold flat screen televisions, video conferencing, biometric identification and even the presence of aerial drones – although they don’t walk our dogs – yet! Unfortunately, we don’t have the flying cars, self-lacing shoes, or hoverboards the film anticipated, but we do have things like cell phones, 3-D printers, and fully battery powered cars. Let’s face it, predicting the…

CITY SIMILARITY

From Luke Greer,  As I stepped from the platform into the car, the familiar sights, sounds, and smells of the subway assaulted my senses: a suit-wearing executive barked orders on his iPhone before losing coverage, teens sporting Yankees caps and loosely-laced Nikes slap-knuckled one another in greeting, a beggar entered from an adjacent car jingling his donation cup, most folks read books and screens strategically avoiding eye contact, and white earbuds blasted loud enough for all of us to sing along to Coldplay. This wasn’t New York City. This was a typical ride on the subway in Mexico City. It…

Where East Meets West

Glances at a map of Paul’s early church planting efforts reveal churches that were established in what would become modern-day Turkey. Those early Christian communities have all but disappeared. Turkey is one of the least Christian countries in the world, with Christians making up .2% of the population. The number of Christians in the capital city of Istanbul hover around 5,000. Following Jesus can have dire consequences in the region sometimes due to religious hostilities, and more often because confessing Christ can estrange a person from their family and work communities. It is a challenging place to plant a new…