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Matt Rogers is the pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife, Sarah, have three daughters, Corrie, Avery, and Willa and a son, Hudson. Matt holds a Master of Arts in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as well as a Master of Divinity and a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Matt writes and speaks throughout the United States on discipleship, church planting, and missions. Find matt online at http://mattrogersbio or follow him on Twitter @mattrogers_
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January 3, 2018 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Perfect love casts out fear (1 Jn 4:18). The promise presupposes certain realities. First, fear is built into the human psyche. Life in a fallen world is fear-ridden. We know things are not as they should be and, this side of eternity, they never will be. We fear catastrophe and chaos—cancer...
January 2, 2018 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Where’d that come from? We’ve probably all asked this question from time to time. Something happens in our home and our spouse responds in a way we don’t understand or appreciate. After our initial shock, we begin to dig into where this response came from. Maybe our spouse spent the entire day...
September 26, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
There are many reasons you’d want to attend an established church—some good reasons and some, well, not so good ones. “They have a better children’s ministry.” “They have a better reputation in the city.” “They have more people like me.” “They have experienced leaders.” “They have a style that...
September 18, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
With all the talk regarding marriage, gender and sexuality in our culture, a not-so-subtle temptation lurks for those who love and lead God’s church. We can spend much of our time on the defensive—attempting to protect our flocks from the onslaught of forces that wage war against God’s design in...
August 7, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
The label “intern” used to be code word for the person who does anything and everything their boss doesn’t want to do. Interns are the best when you are in charge. Don’t want to scrape the gum out of the carpet at the church? Don’t worry. The interns got that! Tired of pestering people to sign up...
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...
April 27, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Church Planting | Send Network
If I’m honest, I’d never thought much about spiritual warfare. Pastoral ministry in general, and church planting in particular, certainly brought their fair share of challenges, but I’m not prone to attribute every frustration to a cosmic battle or blame Satan for the pain I experience. One day,...
April 18, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Church Planting | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale, offers six ways church planters can coach their short-term mission teams in order to pursue a clear plan.
April 11, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Church Planting | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in South Carolina, explains how giving thanks reminds us that we haven’t and can’t do this alone.
February 7, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Back in my day (incidentally, I’ve always wanted to use that phrase), there was a common occurrence each school year. It typically happened a few weeks after classes started. By that point, you knew who was in your classes, had carefully selected your seating arrangements, spent time forming...
November 30, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
I’m not exactly sure how I got there. I assume there were numerous factors that caused it. But, one day, I just woke up in a funk. I was apathetic about things that once drove me to action. I was lethargic in my daily responsibilities, listless in the things that should give me joy. My zest for...
November 29, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina, explains how to find freedom from regret. Click here to learn more.
November 28, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Pastoral ministry in general, and church planting in particular, is often filled with dark days. Ask a pastor who has been leading for some time if he’s had them, and you will hear the stories and see the tears. Not all dark days are the same. They range from a mild sense of disquiet and...
October 25, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale, offers two primary reasons for why church planters must learn the value of long-term partnerships.
August 16, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale, explains that, in order for church planters to shape the culture of a city, they need long-term vision.
August 4, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Learn from Pastor Matt Rogers, as he explains why praying for one another demonstrates a kingdom-focused unity that reflects the heart of God in our cities.
June 20, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
People with a natural passion and ability to keep plants alive are said to have a green thumb. I’m not sure what term is used to describe those who possess an uncanny ability to kill and destroy plants, but that’s what I have. If you are a plant (which would be strange since you’re reading this...
January 25, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Evangelism | Send Network
Imagine a world without conflict. Two political candidates bound onto the stage in front of a throng of adoring fans. The ensuring debate is not filled with passive-aggressive banter, sound byte platitudes, or disagreements over differing policy...
January 21, 2016 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in South Carolina explains how a lead planter go about ensuring that his planting team is funded.
December 14, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Evangelism | Send Network
The goal of the Send Network blog is to equip church planters, pastors and everyday missionaries to live out God’s mission each day. It is an astounding reality to consider that the King of the universe, the Creator of all things, the Savior of...
November 2, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Evangelism | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina, explains what the four most common models of sending are. Learn more.
October 19, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Anyone who has ever led a church to plant another church knows that sending is costly. It requires immense effort and intentionality to send well and will likely leave the sending church with a void in leadership and less money with which to...
October 1, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
This week Jeddidiah Coppenger shared five ways to lead a local church towards effective engagement in the work of international missions. His list wisely included counsel for local church pastors to regularly take short-term trips to strategic...
August 20, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Porn wreaks havoc on every church. Some people cower in shame and fear, hoping that they can hide their secret forever. Others genuinely want to change, they just don’t know how. Still others have tried to change, only to fall into the cycle of...
June 4, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Is there any less desirable task for a church planter than writing a Constitution and Bylaws? If you are like most of us, I’d imagine that this task rivals the annual process of filing taxes on the list of things you’d rather avoid. For many, this...
June 1, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Details, details, details. There are people for whom details come naturally. I am not one of them. In fact, many guys I know who have planted churches would not claim to be a master of the small things. They think in broad strokes, big visions,...
March 11, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Church planters tend to have an image problem. It is said, sometime joking and sometimes serious, that church planters are after one thing – money. We will do anything to find individuals, churches, networks or agencies who will support their...
March 9, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Few things keep a church planter up at night more than finances. The dizzying array of “but what about” questions fills our minds: But what about my family? Will we be able to make it? What about the church? Will it survive? We’ve prayed, trusted...
February 4, 2015 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
We love simple solutions to complex problems. This tiny pill, taken before a meal with a glass of water, will reverse the effects of twenty years of drive-through french fries and microwaveable dinners. An oven stuffed with five dollar Hot-N-Ready...
December 2, 2014 by Matt Rogers | Evangelism | Send Network
It always goes something like this: “Daddy, see there was this big giant and he went on a walk to the forest to get a lost teddy bear…you know? And while he was there that little ferret was chasing him because…well…you know? But then they found...
September 8, 2014 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina, explains what the next steps are after planting a church. Learn more.
August 4, 2014 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
You can almost hear the congregation thinking it as you are preaching. Jesus’ command is unmistakable:  Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all things that I...
July 28, 2014 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina, explains how to plan your schedule as a pastor. Click here to learn more.
June 12, 2014 by Matt Rogers | Evangelism | Send Network
Perhaps you’ve recently heard a rousing sermon. Or maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to have preached that sermon yourself. Sermons have long served as a focal point in the life of the gathered church. Biblical texts are dissected, prayers are...
May 7, 2014 by Matt Rogers | Evangelism | Send Network
“It’s their fault.” From the cry of Adam in the Garden to the appeal of a pre-adolescent boy attempting to divert the discipline of his father, fallen humanity has been marked by the propensity to place blame where it does not belong. Blame...
May 1, 2014 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina, explains how to combine churches to multiply disciples. Learn more.
November 2, 2012 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina, explains why it's our job to plant churches. Click here to learn more.
September 19, 2012 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
I used to be a world-renowned athlete. On the concrete slab in my backyard playing basketball with myself, I was unbeatable. I would do the play by play in my head: “The time is running out. Matt Rogers open in the corner. Three, two … Matt for...