5 Cities, 20 Gatherings, 1 United Theme

In 2014 our theme for the plantMIDWEST quarterly gatherings is  "Building Bridges and Removing Barriers for Gospel Advancement". As Read more

Young Planters and Old Church Buildings

Posted on by John Mark Clifton in Church Planting Movement, Planting | Leave a comment

Over 4000 churches in North America close each year. Southern Baptist alone realize no fewer than 800 churches each year that cease to exist. A common assumption would be that closed churches are located in remote or declining areas.  Upon examination of Southern Baptist Churches that ceased to exist in 2011 we discovered that 90% of the closed churches were in communities that grew in population during the previous decade. We are closing churches where we need churches. Like most church …

5 Cities, 20 Gatherings, 1 United Theme

Posted on by jz in Church Planting Movement, Event Details, Featured, vision | 1 Comment

In 2014 our theme for the plantMIDWEST quarterly gatherings is  ”Building Bridges and Removing Barriers for Gospel Advancement”. As planters across the Midwest work to establish a gospel presence in the major cities of our region, we are constantly faced with this question: How does the gospel relate to this situation in my church or city? Is this an aspect of culture that can be redeemed or restored? In what ways do people need to repent? Church planters must be biblical and cultural …

11 Questions Church “Planters” Should Be Asking

Posted on by Tim Cotler in Church Planting Movement, Leadership, Planting, vision | Leave a comment

In the same spirit as a recent post, 5 Questions Potential Church Planters Should Ask, writer, coach and consultant Tony Morgan raises key questions for every Church Pastor-or Planter. While the article is focused on existing church pastors, I couldn’t help but think these questions are for EVERY church planter too. This excerpt can be read more fully here. When was the last time I heard from God? What should our church be known for in this community? Are we really focusing …

5 Questions Potential Planters Need to Ask

Posted on by Tim Cotler in Church Planting Movement, Leadership, Planting, vision | Leave a comment

After reading Mac Lake’s most recent email, I found this to be a succinct and accurate litmus test for those who feel “led” to plant churches. It’s worth a read . . . pass it along! If you don’t already subscribe to Mac Lake’s email updates, let me encourage you to do so at http://www.maclakeonline.com/ ENJOY! “I frequently tell young men that church planting is the scariest, riskiest, most challenging, yet rewarding thing you could ever do with your life. …

Praying For Revival

Posted on by Tim Cotler in Church Planting Movement, Family, vision | Leave a comment

Scripture for reflection and preparation “In the beginning was the Word; and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.” John 1:1, 3 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in …

Get A Life

Posted on by Tim Cotler in Church Planting Movement, Family, Leadership, vision | Leave a comment

In recent days, I have been impressed by the story found in John’s Gospel account of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. Many of you know it well, but in John chapter 4, we read of how Jesus engages a Samaritan woman. Too often we read this story without meditating on the deep implications found there. So, if you will indulge me, take a moment and reflect on those truths that have gripped my heart and echoes “Get …

What Are You Counting?

Posted on by jz in Church Planting Movement, Planting, vision | Leave a comment

I grew up in the town of Muskogee, Oklahoma. In the traditional SBC church my father pastored at there was a board hanging at the main entrance that would show how many people were in Sunday morning attendance, discipleship training, and how much offering was received.  I always remember being excited when our little church would exceed 100 in attendance or when a big offering would be given.  And honestly, I’m still excited about those numbers today. The attendance board …

Why Do We Think We’re Any Different?

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I have heard people talk before about a pervasive Western superiority mindset that exists here in the states; particularly among capitalists and evangelical conservatives.  But the more we talk about the purposes and goals of plant MIDWEST, the more I believe that there is something to this.  Guys we have a serious problem when it comes to our idea of what success is. Isn’t it interesting, isn’t it crazy that when we examine and glorify church planting movements in different …