Planting Missional Churches

Ed Stetzer is the Southern Baptist church planting guru. Planting Missional Churches functions like a textbook for a seminary class on church planting. By missional, Stetzer means "doing mission right where you are" (19). For Stetzer, it means thinking like a missionary to our own American culture. A missional church then has a culture whereby it…

The Forgotten Ways

Alan Hirsch coined a lot of terminology to pretty say the same thing as every other church planting book ever written. Hirsch entitles his paradigm of ministry, "Apostolic Genius" (81) (I'm sure no pride influenced the name). Essentially Hirsch says that traditional church doesn't work anymore and what we need is church 2.0 which sounds…

Global Church Planting

Lincroft Bible Church can learn much about church planting in our own country by learning from the experience of global church planters. In their book, Global Church Planting, author Craig Ott and Gene Wilson thoroughly breakdown the task of church planting by providing "best practices" and "principles" for aspiring planters to follow. The first section gives the…

AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church

How does the church keep from being too inward focused? How does the church balance the big gatherings with smaller service initiatives? It's questions like these that Hugh Halter and Matt Smay seek to answer in their book And: The Gathered and Scattered Church. Halter and Smay don't want people to lose their love for the church,…

The Open Secret

Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998) was a Britist missionary for many years to India. He wrote many books focusing on the church and her mission. The Open Secret  introduces some key issues surrounding the concept of mission. Because church plants must be mission focused in order to survive, the book has direct implications for shaping the discussion around church…

On (Theological) Courage

Courage does not consist in drawing lines. It consists in holding them. Especially in today's church climate, the need for courage is the order of the day. Yet courage is so often misunderstood. On the one hand, those of a "confessionalist" background who adopt detailed, multi-page statements of faith (like the Westminster Standards) deride those…

Questions on Deep Work

I love the book Deep Work by Cal Newport. It's probably been the most influential book on me in the last four years. You can find the series I did on the book here: one, two, three, four, five. But the book does raise a number of remaining questions that have to be worked through to develop…

The Fatal Flaw of the Church Growth Movement

Do you want your church to growth numerically? Most pastors and the people in their pews would answer, "yes!" Most genuine Christians want to see more people reached with the gospel. If more people get saved, then they need a place to go! If they come to your church, it will grow numerically. Consequently, the…

How to do Family Worship

As a pastor, I desire to help for all of our church families to be passionate about teaching Jesus to their kids. Seminary professor Don Whitney has written a helpful little book called Family Worship to help guide parents as they teach their children about the Lord. There is no substitute for parents faithfully teaching their children about God…

Three Types of Bad Preaching (And Their Remedies)

What if there was a way to identify bad preaching? Having grown up in church, I have probably listened to over 1,000 sermons in my lifetime. In all my time listening to (and now delivering) sermons, I have heard three types of bad preaching. You can read the rest of the article at Rookie Preacher.