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

The Problem With Pastors as Rock Stars

Posted on by jz in Leadership, Planting | 1 Comment

At plantMIDWEST we’re not looking for Rock Stars… we’re looking for men who love Jesus and embody the gospel in their speech and life.  In this article that was previously posted by “Church Leaders”, Ed Stetzer unpacks the problem with pastors / planters who fall into the “rock star” trap.  A big thanks to Ed and his faithful work in calling men to lead and love with humility and integrity:  “The Problem With Pastors as Rock Stars” A lot of …

MANHOOD RESTORED

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At the upcoming quarterlies in STL, CHI and KC, our friend Eric Mason will be preaching on the topic of biblical church ordinances.  When we invited Eric to preach at plantMIDWEST, we didn’t realize that he had a new book coming out one week before the quarterlies!  As a way of blessing pastors and church planters who will be joining us, we plan to give a limited number of Eric’s new book away in each city for those registering early. …

OK, Everybody stand and lift your hands (we are going to make you worship even if you don’t want to)

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Recently I have been considering the role of affections in our corporate worship.  I believe when we truly come before God in gathered worship, among our emotive responses should be  joy, gratitude and repentance.  The scripture commands those who worship to respond with joy, praise and various other human emotions  connected with love and thanksgiving.   I ask our team of 8 pastor/leaders to pray and consider how we might assist our people to grow in their knowledge and affection toward the gospel. I desire that we  …

11 Questions Church “Planters” Should Be Asking

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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 …

Is “Passion” Really Something You Attend?

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What is spiritual leadership? It’s the missing thing.  It’s passion and holy fire.  Spiritual leadership… spiritual leaders… what is this, who is this?  Is it leading people to recognize the spiritual part of their existence, to get in touch with their inner self? Spiritual leadership is planting.  It’s planting seeds of Gospel truth into the hearts of believer.  It’s sowing truth that the Gospel was not only for their justification; it is for their sanctification! Spiritual leadership is also planting …

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. …

When God grants you His peace…

Posted on by Tim Cotler in Family, Leadership, Preaching, vision | Leave a comment

This morning, I had the rare occasion to hear a good friend and colleague share a devotional in our weekly chapel service. As you would expect, his thought was centered on Christmas . . . but with a twist worth sharing. I will do my best to capture the main points, and share my takeaways. Thanks to Chase Abner for sharing God’s message for me today.†I trust this blesses and convicts you as it did me! As we consider the …

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 …

Grab a Towel

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

It is notable how few conversations among the disciples are recorded in the Gospels. Even more notable is the amount of recorded conversations between the disciples where they are comparing themselves to one another and seeking to climb the ladder of leadership.  In stark contrast to their desire to be made much of, Jesus embraces being made less of.  At the moment when it would appear He needed to be ministered to by them, Jesus strips to his waist takes a towel …

Should You Share Your Pulpit?

Posted on by jz in Leadership, Preaching | 1 Comment

After his family, the most important area a church planter must protect is his pulpit.  The pulpit in the church is like the cockpit of an airplane.  Through bible preaching and vision casting you launch your church and keep steady its course.  If someone successfully hijacks your pulpit, not only is your plant in danger of crashing, but your people are in danger of being “plunged into ruin and destruction” (1 Tim 6:9).  Preaching is no joke.  As John Calvin …