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Apr
15
2011

Finance Fridays: Church Planting and Finances

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Earlier this week I was asked what are the top five things that I think church planters need to know when it comes to church finances.  It was a great question, and after giving it some thought this is what I came up with: Fundraising. Let’s face it, starting a ministry from scratch can be expensive.  Even if you do it on the cheap, church planting is a a costly endeavor.  Fundraising can be exciting, […]

Mar
15
2011

Developing a Support System for Church Planting

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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been writing posts related to a presentation I gave to Directors of Missions at the NoBA conference at Southwestern Seminary in January on effective church planting in and by the Baptist Association. The streaming video of that presentation can be found here. In the first of these posts, I described ways to effectively develop a culture for church planting. The reason developing a church planting culture is primary is […]

Mar
8
2011

Creating a Culture for Planting Churches, Part II

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In my last post, I stressed the need for a culture-shift within Associations of churches that results in a high priority on the multiplication of churches. I’d like to continue on that theme today with a couple of additional steps that I think are crucial to developing this kind of atmosphere. Don’t Give in to Resistant Churches. Changing a culture is a precarious undertaking in any environment, and when you seek the kind of substantive […]

Mar
1
2011

Creating a Culture for Planting Churches, Part I

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My maternal grandfather passed away when I was six years old. Even at that young age, my early experiences with him left an indelibly positive mark on me. Most of our time together was wonderful and usually involved going to baseball games or watching “Gunsmoke” re-runs. But there were a few unpleasant moments in our relationship as well. One of those would happen every time I followed him through his garden–walking barefoot through that rich […]

Feb
26
2011

Missional Thoughts: More on Living Missional

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Last week I started to write about what I’ve learned about missional living over the last two years.  You can read the first post here. Seeking to imitate Jesus in the world by loving as He loved, I’ve learned, is the heart and soul of missional living.  It is the focus.  It is the point. We (the Thingy) are obsessed with being the love of Christ in our communities.  In every relationship, in every encounter, in every moment […]

Feb
22
2011

The Strategic Role of Associations in Church Planting

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be spending the next few weeks on this site talking about effective church planting in the local Baptist Association. For my readers who are not part of my denominational “tribe,” please excuse some of the “insider” conversation that will neccesarily be a part of this discussion. It is my hope that my non-Baptist brothers and sisters will nonetheless learn some principles that they can take back into […]

Feb
15
2011

Church Planting Systems and Baptist Associations

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Matt Note:  Joel Rainey is the Director of Missions for the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association.  His passion for church planting is evident in every conversation that he has and his book Planting Churches in the Real World is a great resource for anyone trying to do just that.  I have asked him to share some of what he is seeing in the Southern Baptist church planting world, and over the next few weeks I am excited […]

Jan
21
2011

What Exactly is a Launch Date?

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In my current role I get to work with a great deal of church plants across the country.  This is one of the most fun parts of my job since I get to hear what God is up to all over the place.  Having planted a church I enjoy getting to hear the differences in strategy and philosophy of each church and getting to share some of my own experiences along the way. Over the […]

Dec
17
2010

Finance Friday: 10 practical tips about ministry funding for church planters

Ben Stroup

Matt Note:  The more I speak with Ben Stroup the more impressed with him that I become.  Ben is a consultant with Generis and helps churches across the country develop the concept of generosity within their congregations.  If you are not reading his blog, Church Giving Matters, you are doing yourself a great disservice. Earlier this week, I posted about the role of faith in ministry funding. In that post, I promised to provide some practice […]

Nov
22
2010

Missional Mondays: Activities Centric vs. Lifestyle Centric – Playing it out some more

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Like I said in my last post, I’ve been working this idea out recently and it has helped me explain a lot of stuff so I thought I would share it. Over the last three years I’ve had to defend my missional thinking a lot.  What’s been strange is that when I explain it people are usually cool with the theology.  It is the practice they fight with. Believers love talking about how… …God is on a […]

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