Theological Vision Archives - Seedbed

One of the first questions I am asked when people hear about my appointment to plant a church is “…isn’t there already a Methodist church in Sterlington?“ Yep. There is. “Then why start a new one?”

Learn about the heart of a pastor who's been part of a United Methodist Church that has participated in planting over 140 new churches and seeing more than 14,000 first time professions of faith in the last 7 years. Paul Lawler shares 5 lessons he's learned along the way today.

In order to cultivate healthy leaders who can effectively plant, develop and sustain healthy congregations, we must be honest about the barriers that too often stand in the path of women. That said, from a ministry perspective, we have an opportunity to offer a voice and example that may be sorely lacking in many communities.

FAC ET SPERA: Work and Hope. What a fitting inscription. The seed is sown and watered by the sweat of the planter’s brow. But the harvest is out of our hands.

As pastors, we often get to hear people’s faith and lack of faith stories and their church and why-they-don’t-go-to-church-stories. Over my 13 years of leading The Orchard and walking with notorious sinners and other scum, I have come to the conclusion that there are five kinds of churches and I am beginning to think five kinds of Christians as they relate to outsiders.

Here are the top ten things that Satan wants you to believe about starting a new church.

When we first set out planting Love Chapel Hill, one of our key theological influences was Wendell Berry. We were particularly impacted by his insights on the difference between a path and a road.

I have learned that as long as the fig tree is bearing fruit and the lampstand remains in place, the work can and should continue. Buying into the culture’s models of success and seeking to copy other churches’ growth rates can been pesticide to the church plantings of the Lord.

One of the first Scriptures I memorized was a very obscure one. I don’t quote it very often because it seems to be so out of favor with the times and with the church planting culture to which I belong.

What do you do when you want something so much, but it just doesn't seem to be happening? Bryan Collier talks about how some church planting endeavors remind him very much of how his family struggled with infertility.

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