Called to Plant a Church? This Might Help

I have the privilege to speak to men and woman who are being called to start new things for the Kingdom. I am always inspired after hearing how God is working in their lives; challenging them to move outside of their comfort zone and follow Jesus. It’s because of them that we get new churches.

I’ve learned a few things during these conversations and identified some principles about calling.

One of our strategic partners at NewThing is The Aspen Group. I recently sat down with them to talk about this topic for their Alignment Conference Podcast series.

If you’re thinking of planting a church, it might help.

Check it the full article and podcast HERE.

Here’s the Soundcloud Link.

On the Eve of Movements in Canada!

I had the privilege of attending the Church Planting Canada Conference in Montreal October 27 through 29th. (NewThing was a sponsor.)

The Congress gathers together every two years. It’s a learning community working together to catalyze movements across Canada.The Congress consists of churches, networks and denominations from every part of Canada.
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I conducted several workshops. I met great leaders working in all parts of Canada. I learned about the challenges these leaders face as they church plant in a post-Christian, hyper-individualistic, consumer culture. In so many ways, these leaders in Canada are facing now what the American church will face in the immediate future.

Here are some of my thoughts and reflections…

  • The spirit of cooperation was palpable. These leaders want to work together to start movements.
  • Groups of leaders are praying for revival. I loved their desire to pray together.
  • New initiatives are underway to plant more churches in all parts of Canada.
  • Church planting is a core value of the gathering and it’s what brings people together.
  • Because it was in Quebec, we heard inspiring stories of French-speaking churches being planted, reaching people with the gospel and reproducing. Several key leaders have emerged including my friend Christian Lachance.
  • Many conversations were about movement.
  • Ed Stetzer did his thing and gave us some statistics about church planting he’s learning from a recent study.
  • My friend Brian Bolt closed the session with an inspiring talk about faith in church planting.
  • Their simple ABCDs of movements will fuel more church planting.

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The Congress reminded me that if we want to see movements we need to…

  • Build relationships with each other.
  • Work together.
  • Learn from each other.
  • Remind ourselves that what our local efforts are part of God’s larger plan for the world.

I left inspired and encourage and looking forward to my next visit to Montreal!

Heading to the Church Planting Canada Congress

churchplantingcanadaI am very excited to be traveling to Montreal to attend the Church Planting Canada congress (October 27-29) with 25+ networks and denominations from across Canada. The theme of the conference is Momentum. I love that this is a network of networks to catalyze church planting!

I will be meeting with friends, connecting with new people and conducting several workshops on reproducing. If you’re attending, stop by our booth and say hello. Here’s a link to my workshops.

Exponential West 2013 Blog Tour Starts This Week

I am really excited to be participating in the Exponential West 13 Blog Tour this week. ExpoWest13Banner

Focusing on multi-ethnic and city-centric church planting, Exponential West speakers Mark DeYmaz, Derwin GrayChris LagerlofRay ChangKevin Haah and Eric Marsh will be stopping by several blogs next week for interviews. From Monday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Sept. 20, these planters and practitioners will offer their unique insights and experience on what it takes to plant and grow churches that reflect a changing world. Check out the schedule below, click on the links to read more about these leaders and make plans to follow their tour:

Monday, Sept. 16
Mark DeYmaz, pastor of The Central Mosaic Church of Arkansas and co-founder of Mosaix Global Network, author of Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church and Leading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church.

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Ray Chang, planter of two multi-ethnic churches, leader with the Ambassador Network and the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Wednesday, Sept. 18
Chris Lagerlof, executive catalyst for Mission Orange County working with Orange County church leaders to mobilize and multiply churches to collaborate within their cities.

Thursday, Sept. 19
Derwin Gray, founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church and a leading voice on multi-ethnic, multi-generational, missional ministry.

Friday, Sept. 20
Kevin Haah, planter and lead pastor of New City Church of LA, an inclusive gospel-centered multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic church, leader of LA Church Planting Movement.

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Eric Marsh, leader of PlantLB, a multi-church, multi-denominational, multi-ethnic attempt to plant churches that look like what Long Beach is becoming, and a leader with Hope Long Beach, a ministry of Grace Long Beach that exists to extend mercy and justice in Long Beach.