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

5 Cities, 20 Gatherings, 1 United Theme

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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 …

How do I know when it is time to go? Vision burn to launch propulsion.

Posted on by Lane Harrison in Planting, vision | Leave a comment

The church was fully operational: healthy, growing, and everything was going great. Only one problem remained. It was all still in my head. God first called me to plant a church over nine years before I began. Every time someone mentioned church planting my heart began to race, my eyes swelled with tears, and my mind couldn’t shut it off. Three years in seminary and two in a pastorate proved frustrating as I pursued people to help. Each ended with …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Pray for Me . . .

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

I received this from a pastor in Chicagoland-thought it was worth sharing. “R.W. Glenn is pastor of preaching and vision at Redeemer Bible Church in Minnetonka, MN. He blogs at Red Meat for the Soul. About nine years ago, he developed the following list of prayer requests for his life and ministry as a pastor. Who is your pastor? As leaders in the church, pastors have unique and often more intense temptations (“Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter”). Pray for Me …

My First Experience At Church Planting

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

My first experience at church planting was at the age of 7. My dad was a pastor in Chillicothe, Missouri and his church, Calvary Baptist, started a “mission church” in Leon, Iowa. I recall traveling with my dad to Leon as he visited people and led revivals, shared the gospel and conducted vacation Bible School. There is still in fact that same Calvary Baptist Church in Leon, Iowa some 45 years later. Not a large church but one that has …

Missional Living is “Messy”

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

  As I continue to learn and exercise how to incarnate the Gospel with my neighbors, God often reminds me that the call to missional living is often “messy.” Case in point: Not long ago, my neighbor asked if he might borrow my lawn tractor as he was needing to aerate and seed his lawn. This was not a surprise request as I had offered the use of my tools to him before. I was excited that he had taken …