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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…

SAN LUIS OBISPO PROJECT

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SAN LUIS OBISPO PROJECT

One in twelve Americans lives in California. While 18th Century Spanish missions may dot the landscape, nearly one-third of the people in the state are “nones” – men and women who have no religious affiliation whatsoever. Because new churches are one of the most effective ways to reach new people with the gospel of Jesus, there is a need for church planting here! Orchard Group’s work in California started in 2011 with MISSION CHURCH in Ventura. Mission has become a recognizable presence in its city, baptizing over 500 people since their launch. This fall, Mission will move into a new…

Pro Deo Church Update

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Pro Deo Church Update

PRO DEO CHURCH has exciting possibilities ahead as they look for a new venue with Sunday morning availability in downtown Cape Town.  Lead pastor Louis Scheepers envisions a place where Pro Deo could host services in two languages.  Louis has noticed increasing numbers of people moving into the city who primarily speak Afrikaans.  Adding an Afrikaans service to the English service would more effectively reach people with the gospel! Cape Town is an influential city in South Africa. As Louis describes, “It is a place where the apostle Paul would have planted a church.” Will you take a moment today and pray for…

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…

The Lord Of Dance

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The Lord Of Dance

A ballet school might not be an obvious ministry outreach for most church plants. But when the leaders of MISSIO DEI COMMUNITY in Salt Lake City discovered that several trained ballet dancers were a part of their church, they equipped those dancers to lead a program at the church. Because Salt Lake City has a strong culture of supporting the arts, parents tend to be very active in pursuing art programs for their children. Kid’s Community Ballet (KCB) started 3 years ago as a free introduction to ballet. KCB developed into an opportunity to bring children of various backgrounds together….