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Dean Inserra is the founding and lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Biblical Studies. Dean is a member of the advisory council for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He is married to Krissie and they have three children.
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January 29, 2018 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Vision is overrated. “I’m just not very good at this whole ‘vision’ thing,” a discouraged pastor shared with me over lunch at Chick-fil-A. He asked, “How do I even cast vision?” As a church planter getting ready to celebrate my church’s 10-year anniversary, I must have been associated with...
November 2, 2017 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
2. Rootedness and hiring from within matters. “From the outside looking in, what has been the major factor in City Church making it to our 10 year anniversary?” I asked a Tallahassee local church pastor over some pulled pork and fries at lunch. As a church we didn’t just survive 10 years, but by...
November 1, 2017 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Recently we celebrated the 10th anniversary of City Church in Tallahassee. What started with 24 friends and family in a living room is now a multi-generational church making an impact in our city for the good news of Jesus Christ. In church planting a lot changes over ten years and there are a...
October 23, 2017 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
We don't simply need to plant more churches, we need to plant healthy churches. A healthy plant is an ongoing process and depends on more than the health of a leader, but certainly not less. Anger is an emotion that can lead to poor emotional health for a planter is. While anger in itself is not...
August 16, 2017 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
On a scale from 1-10, my administration skills fall somewhere between 1 and a separate scale created that includes negative numbers. In other words, I am a walking train wreck when it comes to anything administrative. There's a big problem with this on the surface because on a scale from 1-10,...
January 5, 2017 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Dean Inserra, founding and lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, explains what pastors shouldn't do in 2017. Click here to learn more.
June 23, 2016 by Dean Inserra | Church Planting | Send Network
There are few things that will get you out of your comfort zone more than planting a church. Even if you have prayed often and overly prepared during the process, it becomes a whole new reality when you set off on your own with new vision and just a few friends. The temptation is to work as hard...
June 8, 2016 by Dean Inserra | Church Planting | Send Network
When we first started City Church, we had one weekly worship gathering. I would have a physical Bible (shout out to 2016 when we now have to make that clarification) with a couple of sticky notes attached that consisted of a few quotes I wanted to make sure I didn't forget. I barely used any...
February 23, 2016 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Encouraging generosity in the church is a matter I believe I can speak to because it is something I haven't mastered, and I am working on daily. So, I write from trial and error, and a current experience of attempting to create a culture of...
January 26, 2016 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
One question that rarely gets asked in church leadership is whether the senior pastor should be viewed as a boss or friend. Click here to find out more.
November 16, 2015 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Dean Inserra, founding and lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, explains the only true option for the church who is called to live among the culture.
June 3, 2015 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Keep it simple The simplest task for a church planter should be choosing a mission statement. Why? It has already been chosen for all local churches. We call it the Great Commission. It is interesting that "Sunday School answers" get a bad rap,...
June 2, 2015 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
During the pre-launch phase of City Church, when we were just a core team, I remember we spent what seemed to be hours and hours together trying to develop our mission statement. It was stressful! Seven years later, here are some thoughts on...
April 23, 2015 by Dean Inserra | Evangelism | Send Network
The fifth essential every church planters must have, is this: You have to be willing to bleed. While essential four addresses oversensitivity, this is about the fact that church planting is hard. I would argue that it should be hard. Our...
April 22, 2015 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Essential 3: You need money. It takes money to plant a church. There is no way around it. One cannot underestimate how a vision must be funded. When we first started City Church, where I pastor, we had great, productive meetings with our launch...
April 21, 2015 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Essential #2 In the “4 Essentials for every church planter” series, the second essential is this: Church planters need a team that sees church differently. Church planters often claim they want to "engage the culture." If a new church truly...
April 20, 2015 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
No one is ever “officially ready” to plant a church, but there are essentials that help planters to be successful and not lose their souls in the process. The first essential: You need a wife who is on board. The truth is, unless your wife is...
February 2, 2015 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Just a couple of years ago, in the city where I am a pastor, I saw another pastor go through a series of moral failures that the elders of the church believed disqualified him from pastoral ministry. This was a fairly influential pastor in our...
October 22, 2014 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Does preaching a biblical sexual ethic turn away Millennials? Dean Inserra, Lead Pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, says it doesn’t and explains why. “My usual line of thinking is: ‘Let’s let them be offended by the Bible, not...
October 13, 2014 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Dean Inserra, founding and lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, explains how to keep the mission of the church central. Learn more.
August 19, 2014 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
Don’t underestimate the impact of a college campus on your city. Reach the campus and you will reach the city and beyond. Here are several points to consider when preparing to plant in a college setting. 1.You must cast strong vision to the...
August 11, 2014 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
When we first planted City Church, in my hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, a local pastor told me that our church planting was offensive to him. "You starting a new church in this city is communicating to me that you don't think we are doing a...
July 24, 2014 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
I am someone who believes that "balance" is overrated. Rarely have I met great, effective leaders who are living perfectly balanced lives. They are “all in” in their commitments and the efforts to which they devote themselves. For me, this is...