The rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus and accompanying social distancing measures have impacted almost every facet of our society. The inability to gather in person for Sunday meetings, community groups and other occasions presents significant challenges and opportunities for our church life.
When you are starting new churches or sites there can be a cost borne by those left behind. Friends, resources and vision poured into the new initiative can leave a gap when they have gone. This is the ‘Rip Effect’.
Colin Baron started church planting in the early 1990s and has started several churches through the UK, particularly across Manchester where he has been ministering for the last 25 years. In this episode Colin talks about his first wave of multisite church planting in Manchester. For more about Colin’s story and church planting philosophy, see his recent book ‘Multiplanting’.
Preaching is a critical area of church life, and one that it is important to be constantly growing in. We have identified seven areas of the preaching craft that we look to develop in our up and coming preachers.
In the churches that we lead, Word and Spirit belong together. As we continue planting new churches, we shouldn’t assume that this convergence will happen on its own. It is a key value that we should build in from the start.
The early stages of a church plant can be one of the most challenging seasons of a planter’s life. In this article, we will be looking at what you can do to manage the pressures that come financially.
Depending on what stage of the plant you are at, planting a church with no money is either very easy or very hard. Money should never be the be all and end all, but it would be foolish to pretend that it is not an important element of the church planting process. In this article, we suggest three things you should be thinking about when you want to plant a church but have no money.
Everyone is responsible for evangelising in some form. It is one of the main objectives of the Church. It is the Great Commission. It is our mission as local churches. This begs the question; how do we evangelise as a small church plant?
It feels slightly strange to be writing about branding on a website that has a primary focus on church planting. Chances are there are a good bunch of people, both in corporate marketing and in church-planting world, who would object that branding and church do not belong together. I beg to differ, for I believe every church already has a brand – whether or not they know it or helped to create it.
Who am I? This is one of humanity’s primary questions. From the dawn of time to the present mankind has asked this pivotal question. This question has spread itself into different elements of life including theology, philosophy, biology, culture, sexuality and others. It is a question that can have many answers from these various spheres. It is also a question we ask when planting churches. A church plant’s identity is crucial. There are many avenues we could wind down in pursuit of our plant’s identity. I just want to highlight key areas that I believe may help you create and then establish your identity.