Posted tagged ‘Church Planter’

Church Planter and His Identity in Christ

July 26, 2011

Here’s a continuation of the panel discussion from The Gospel Coalition where Tullian Tchividjian, Dave Harvey, and Mike McKinley talk about the church planter and his identity in Christ.  I really appreciate these guys addressing church planting from a gospel-centered, theologically-grounded perspective.

How does your understanding and appropriating the gospel impact your life as a church planter? That’s a huge question, and these brothers have provided some great answers.

HT: Crossway Blog

Church Planter’s Core Prolegomena

July 25, 2011

Last summer, I began a coaching relationship at Grace with a young man sensing a call to plant a church in his urban neighborhood.  He is a sharp, articulate, and gifted brother who has not received any formal theological training.  In order to gain a better understanding of his theological bearings, I created what I called a church planters “core prolegomena.”

In major theological treatises, a prolegomenon consists of introductory remarks or preliminary statements addressing the treatise.  In a practical way, the church planter’s core prolegomena is intended to be a preliminary theological treatment of the kind of teaching and training he would receive through our church-based apprenticeship and eventually residency, should he continue for the full two years.  So the way the core prolegomena serves the church planter is that it gives him opportunity to get grounded on some key components of a well-rounded theologian, churchman, and missionary, providing him a more sure footing in moving forward.

Though it is not entirely finished, I created six “modules” for the CPCP.  Each module is intended to last two weeks, and the amount of work and study is no walk in the park.  We covered the six modules over the course of the summer, and it proved to be a very profitable experience for me as a coach and for my emerging apprentice.


Top Issues Church Planters Face

February 14, 2011

Ed Stetzer has recently put together a great series of blogposts on the topic, “Top Issues Church Planters Face.”  I plan to interact with these articles through PLNTD in the future.  For now, here’s the list in the order Stetzer wrote them:

1.  Leadership Development and Reproducing Culture
2.  Financial Self-Sufficiency and Viability
3.  Launch Team Development and Mobilizing Volunteers
4.  Systems, Processes, and Cultures
5.  Casting Vision and Avoid Mission Drift
6.  Evangelism and Discipleship
7.  Spiritual, Physical, Mental Health Planter/Family
*.  Conclusions and Observations

Church Planter by Darrin Patrick (Review)

September 11, 2010

Last week, I took some time to review Darrin Patrick’s new book Church Planter.  Below is all three parts compiled in one place.

Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission by Darrin Patrick
(Wheaton: Crossway, 2010), 238 pp. Buy: Amazon | WTS Bookstore
Reviewed by Tim Brister

The Man

One does not have to look far to discover the plethora of books in the world of church planting. However, the majority of these books focus on the pragmatics of church planting—systems, techniques, processes, etc. Wisdom has often been discovered not in those who have learned to give all the answers, but rather from those who have learned to ask the right questions. The burning question among most church planting books seems to be, “How to plant a church?” In his book, Church Planter, Darrin Patrick takes a completely different approach, starting with a different, and I would argue, more pertinent question. He begins by asking not how to plant a church but who should plant a church. The first section of his book seeks to answer this question with the end goal to find men who are “fit to carry the message of Jesus to the world” (103). Patrick’s focus and prayer is that there would be a resurgence of “godly men to serve the church by the power of God’s Spirit” (17). This theme runs throughout this section and in many ways lays out a template for discovering and assessing men according to God’s Word.


Church Planter by Darrin Patrick (video trailer)

September 1, 2010

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Church Planter by Darrin Patrick

August 27, 2010

One of the most important books on church planting for my generation has just been released by Crossway.  Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission written by Darrin Patrick is a book not only for church planters but for anyone called to gospel ministry.  I will be explaining its importance and giving a lengthy review next week.  Over at PLNTD, I will review the book by sections: the Man (Monday), the Message (Wednesday), and the Mission (Friday), and we will be giving away copies of the book via Twitter.