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June 27, 2017 by Whitney Clayton | Send Network
Church planters feel this truth on a daily basis. If you are like me, you more frequently feel it on a nightly basis, as you lay in bed. You pray and plan, desperately massaging numbers to keep pressing the mission without losing your house! There is a lot you can do to inspire generosity in the...
June 26, 2017 by Jon Chasteen | Send Network
In 2010, my family moved to Boston (one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S.) with a church planting team to plant Redemption Hill Church. Planting as a team raised a number of challenging financial questions for us—many of which we didn’t even ask until much later in our journey....
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 21, 2017 by Warren Mainard | Send Network
Finding the right cattle on the right hills Church planting takes money. I get it. As a church planter in greater Seattle, I get it. You have the vision. You have the training. You have the prospectus. All you need now is the money. Where will the money come from? How will you fund these amazing...
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 19, 2017 by Send Network | Send Network
Jeff Christopherson and Tim Wheat, from the Send Network, interview Mark Clifton, director of Replanting for the Send Network. Learn more about Replanting at
June 19, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
You’ve probably been in a meeting or a conversation with someone who seemed to have something else on his mind. There’s a distant look in his eyes and it’s clear that he’s not really engaged or interested in what’s happening around him. Spend time around the typical church planter, and you are...
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 13, 2017 by J.D. Greear
The past few years have been challenging for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Many of our churches have seen their memberships dwindle, and more than a few are expected to close their doors in the next few years. We hear a lot about baptism numbers decreasing. And our budgeting shortfalls...
June 12, 2017 by Johnny Hunt | Send Network
I have been privileged as a pastor to serve a wonderful Southern Baptist church called First Baptist Church Woodstock for the last 31 years. Now, for over 40 years, I have served in four different SBC churches. I have also had the privilege of planting churches and helping develop church...
June 8, 2017 by Alan Briggs | Send Network
For twelve months, I met with a wildly creative leader who wanted to plant a church. He was confident, talented and charismatic. I got to peek behind the curtain of his life while eating terrible Asian-American cuisine. Every Monday, he was tired and unfulfilled from the weekend. One day, I...
June 6, 2017 by D.A. Horton | Send Network
Developing a taste When I was a young adult I couldn’t stand the taste of coffee. I tried to drink it on occasion but flooded my cup with three parts sugar, three parts creamer and one part coffee. Even with all those additions, I still couldn’t finish a single cup. As I grew older and the Lord...

How can a church planter encourage his wife?

Christine Hoover, spouse of a church planter and accomplished writer, offers up practical wisdom for church planters on how they can encourage their wives as they serve alongside them on the front lines of ministry.