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April 17, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
Mission is not primarily an activity of the church, but an attribute of God. ~ David Bosch If we are to understand what it means to be “missional church,” we must consider shifts in our thinking about three core theological distinctions. The first shift in thinking that must take place relates...
April 16, 2018 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ~ Alvin Toffler When bringing about change in the way people behave, we often need to start with questions of “why” before considering the practical issues of “how.”...
March 20, 2018 by Aaron Jozwiak | Send Network
Before we started our church planting process, I had a seasoned pastor remind me that if a church is birthed with deformities, it is going to grow with deformities. This makes the early leadership in church planting critically important. In fact, some of the most important leadership...
February 27, 2018 by Warren Mainard | Send Network
“Wait a minute, what?” I thought to myself incredulously, “We are no longer a plant?” This thought hit me with the same force as waking up to realize that I am now in my 40s. In the five years since moving to Bellevue,...
February 21, 2018 by Jonathon Woodyard | Send Network
When it comes to planting a church (or pastoring an established church for that matter), praying, preaching, singing, and a host of other things demand attention. Much has been written about the importance of hospitality in church planting. Pastors who are not hospitable simply should not hold...
February 20, 2018 by Peyton Jones | Send Network
Everybody thinks they hate evangelism, but what if that was because they didn’t understand how evangelism happens in the real world? I’m no expert at it. In fact, I’d say I was the reluctant evangelist. The last time I led somebody to Christ was sitting in an Uber car after waking at 4 a.m. to...
February 19, 2018 by Garth Leno | Send Network
Church planters get pulled in many directions at once. The task of discipling men can get displaced quickly by the tyranny of the urgent. But we must raise up faithful men who can disciple others. It’s critical to our future success in the irresistible task of church planting! I share often with...
December 28, 2017 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
Years ago, when my wife and I started talking about wanting to develop a lifestyle of biblical hospitality, we made a decision that changed everything for us. We always felt like we were too busy to really practice this in a substantial way, but we realized we had most Tuesdays open. So we...
December 27, 2017 by Dustin Willis | Send Network
Too often we settle for the status quo. We assume this is just the way life is. We get comfortable with, well, being comfortable. But our God is a God who challenges us to push past the expected. To reach wider, love deeper, go farther. We are everyday missionaries, and God has positioned each...
December 26, 2017 by Brian Frye | Send Network
Have you ever looked at the college or university campus in your community from a missional perspective? On the campus next to you, just a few blocks or miles away, sits one of the greatest mission fields of all time. It is a mission field that has the potential, if engaged with the gospel, to...
December 21, 2017 by Brad Brisco | Send Network
The idea of rethinking vocation must start with considering the sacred/secular divide, or what some people refer to as the problem of dualism. Dualism, simply put, is wrongly dividing something that should not be divided. The Greco-Roman thought was that the world is divided into two competing...
December 19, 2017 by Jeff Christopherson | Send Network
There are few things more electrifying to me than to witness the transformative power of a single local church that is kingdom first in its priority and mission. To watch a church, guided by a burdened leadership, lay down its baser self-interests for her eternal kingdom calling of “going” and...

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.