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

Leading Elders

Posted on by Lane Harrison in Leadership | Leave a comment

Action and influence forge the essence of leadership.  Leaders act when others do not or will not.  Leaders act to influence others for mission.  There is no level of life that is void of the demand for leadership.  Paul’s instructions to Timothy demonstrate leadership to encourage leadership.  Leading elders is vital for the health of the body and faithfulness to mission.   Shepherding leadership is never more necessary than among the elders.  The role of “first among equals” leads the …

Training Elders

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The Bible provides clear evidence for training elders.  Jesus trained his disciples before he sent them out.  Paul wrote First and Second Timothy and Titus, all letters to train young pastors.  If this does not suffice to compel pastors to train elders in the church, enough could not be written.  Training can be enhanced and strengthened by outside institutions and organizations, but should never be completely outsourced from the local church.  Outside organizations enhance and strengthen training with quality resources, …

Choosing Elders

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In the interest of disclosure, I did not serve in an elder-led church until I planted a church in 2004.  I began studying eldership as the Biblical model for local church leadership in 1994 just before I entered seminary.  The Lord has continued to deepen my conviction of eldership as the Biblical model for the local church.  I am thankful for the growing resources that address eldership.  I will include some recommended resources with personal review notes at the end …

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)

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

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

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 …

Is “Passion” Really Something You Attend?

Posted on by Darren Casper in Leadership | Leave a comment

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 …