Resources

September 11, 2017 by Alan Hirsch | Church Planting | Send Network
I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth as well as transformational impact across a wide domain—that does not have APEST ministry. APEST, which stands for Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher, comes...
July 28, 2017 by Brian Frye | Church Planting | Send Network
Like seasonal changes in the weather, changes happen in your college ministry cycle as well. The fall semester is heavy on recruiting, connecting and engaging new students, especially freshmen—the future lifeblood of all thriving college ministries. Spring semester is different. The majority of...
July 25, 2017 by Brian Frye | Church Planting | Send Network
You’ve recruited a team and constructed a plan to start a college ministry through your church to engage the campus. Now, what is your next step? Keeping the big picture of reaching the lost and making disciples at the forefront of discussion, you’ll need to build out and fine-tune your one-year...
July 4, 2017 by Paul David Tripp | Church Planting | Send Network
I’m convinced that many of the problems in pastoral culture result from an unbiblical definition of the essential ingredients of ministry success. A pastor's ministry is never just shaped by his experience, knowledge, and skill. It’s also always shaped by the true condition of his heart. In fact,...
July 3, 2017 by Paul David Tripp | Church Planting | Send Network
Last week I introduced you to, or reminded you of, a concept called identity amnesia: Christians become ineffective and unfruitful when they forget who they are and what they've been given in Christ (2 Peter 1:8-9). Because we're human beings with souls, we naturally need to find identity...
June 22, 2017 by Colby Garman | Church Planting | Send Network
A few years ago in our church, our elders were working hard to prepare a budget to present to our members and just couldn’t make the numbers work. The reality was we felt strongly that we needed to increase some of our giving in the area of church planting and missions in a way that was going to...
June 20, 2017 by Andy Metzger | Church Planting | Send Network
Even if you’re not a "spreadsheet” kind of guy, developing a budget for your first year of church planting is strangely exciting. It requires a tremendous amount of faith (since you’re largely just declaring numbers out of thin air with no past years’ performance to compare to), but it’s also one...
June 15, 2017 by Fred Luter | Church Planting | Send Network
In September 1986, my life was changed forever when I was elected as pastor of a dying Southern Baptist Mission called Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. I grew up in the National Baptist denomination. I was the middle of five kids raised in a home by a single mom who required everyone living in...
June 5, 2017 by Kent Bateman | Church Planting | Send Network
“I believe the gospel–I just don’t believe it right now. I believe that at a head level, I just don’t believe it at a heart level right now.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a pastoral counseling session, a small group setting or out to coffee with another follower of Jesus and heard...
June 1, 2017 by Christine Hoover | Church Planting | Send Network
On my first Sunday as a pastor’s wife, a college girl approached me with a question I had no answer for, and I later berated myself for stumbling and bumbling my way through a response. In my immaturity and inexperience, I believed wholeheartedly that to be a wise woman (and a good pastor’s wife)...