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Cultivating Gospel Mission :: PLNTD + New England Conference

May 29, 2012

PLNTD announced today its second regional conference of the year – Cultivating Gospel Mission, scheduled to take place on September 20-22, 2012 in Portland, Maine. Main session speakers will be Scotty Smith and Caesar Kalinowski, with breakout sessions with Jared Wilson. This week only, you can register for 50% off regular ticket price for just $29 (discount ends Friday night). If you live in the New England or Canada area, be sure to check this training event out.

Here’s a blurb from the conference website:

We live in a day where it is commonplace to hear the words “gospel-centered” and “missionally-driven”. The danger, however, is to use those phrases in ways that diminish their meaning to that of a cliché. At the 2012 New England Training Event, PLNTD partners with the Gospel Alliance to focus on why those phrases are grounded in God and His purposes for the church.

Every church planter and pastor should lead their people to live gospel-centered lives on mission as those who have been sent by God. What does that kind of life look like? How does articulate this kind of vision to people in their community? These are the kinds of questions we hope to address as we gather together on September 20-22.

This training event is open to anyone who would like to be instructed and encouraged to cultivate gospel mission, including pastors, church planters, aspiring ministry leaders, leadership teams, and the like.

Unlike the typical conference format, the goal of this training event is interaction, integration and application of teaching and instruction. Our desire is that you leave equipped with practical instruction, edified through meaningful fellowship, and encouraged by Christ-centered passion for greater kingdom advance.

Join us as we press into the call to be oriented around the mission of church and saturated in the message of the gospel!

New PLNTD Audio: Jared Wilson

May 17, 2012

In the beginning of April, PLNTD held its first regional training event focused on “Cultivating Gospel Community” in sunny Southwest Florida. We were privileged to have Steve Timmis and Jared Wilson share God’s Word with us during the weekend. These brothers served us incredibly well by speaking plainly about the power of the gospel while graciously exhorting us to faithful perseverance in building gospel community.

Jared opened and closed the training event with exposition from Isaiah 6, and he also shared in a breakout session about creating a gospel culture using his experience at Middletown Springs Community Church. I commend these MP3s for you to download and be encouraged.

Jared Wilson via PLNTD

1.  Gospel Exultation (Isaiah 6:1-8)
2.  Gospel Expansion (Isaiah 6:9-13)
3.  Creating a Gospel Culture (breakout)

New with RRI: METHODS (May/June 2012)

May 1, 2012

If you have been following my blog for the past six months, you may recall the Roots Reading Initiative which I started for the PLNTD Network. Here’s a brief explanation:

The Roots Reading Initiative, focuses on providing church planters targeted self-feeding opportunities through an informal structure and accountability. The goal of this initiative is for church planters to “deepen their roots” in their understanding of God, the church, gospel, mission, and the world. In doing so, we believe the RRI will be an effective way of keeping church planters “grounded” and growing as leaders, missionaries, and churchmen.

The five areas we believe ministry leaders need to continually cultivate are (1) man, (2) message, (3) mission, (4) marriage, and (5) methods. Through RRI, we tackle one of these areas every two months with books targeted to develop leaders for those purposes. So far, here’s what we have covered:

Nov/Dec 2011 :: MISSION

November: What Is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
December: Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester

Jan/Feb 2012 :: MESSAGE

January: Gospel by J.D. Greear
February: Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson

Mar/Apr 2012 :: MARRIAGE

March: The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
April: What Did You Expect? by Paul Tripp

Starting this week, we are now taking up the area of methods, and here are the books we are working through:

May/June 2012: METHODS

May: The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
June: Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne

For each book, a reading schedule is provided for those who participate through our network.  Additionally, discussion questions are provided each week which, when the book is completed, are compiled in a downloadable format for a book-length study guide that can be used to disciple others or train leaders in your context.  To take advantage of learning in community and accessing additional resources through RRI, you need to join PLNTD’s relational communities and jump into the “Training” community online. Now’s a great time join us if you haven’t already!  Leaders cannot afford to have shallow roots and no shade for their people.

PLNTD South Florida Conference – Register & Reserve

February 24, 2012

I’ve enjoyed trekking through South Florida the past couple of weeks (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Ft. Myers, etc.), meeting with pastors and church planters about the upcoming training event, “Cultivating Gospel Community.”

Evangelical shorthand would call it a conference, but we are intending it to be an event with practical help and relevant application to ministry and mission in the local church.  Our hope is that men and women passionate about the gospel, making disciples, and building authentic community will be compelled to come (not just pastors or church planters).

I realize that some (many?) are coming from outside South Florida, and we are glad you are coming! This week, we are giving a heads up for those of you coming from outside the area and looking to book hotel rooms for the weekend of our conference.  This is the peak week of our peak season (spring break, spring training (Red Sox), snowbirds galore, etc.), which means the available rooms will go really fast.

The going rate for hotel rooms right now is $199/night. That’s crazy, I know. But we have worked out a deal to get them for nearly half that price, just $109/night. To take advantage of this rate and reserve your room, follow the instructions on this online newsletter.  If you have not registered already, be sure to do so.

I hope to welcome many of you to sunny South Florida for a great weekend of rejoicing in the gospel and renewing our lives in the mission of the church!


Cultivating Gospel Communities | PLNTD Conference

January 16, 2012

Get all the info here.

Register this week for a special opening week rate of just $29.

We are only making this rate available to the first 100 who register. I would love for you to this training opportunity on how to cultivate gospel communities on mission from Steve Timmis and Jared Wilson, along with local practitioners. More to come . . .

The Outworking of the Gospel [Roots Reading Initiative]

January 4, 2012

Last week, we finished the first installment [Nov/Dec 2011] of the Roots Reading Initiative focused on the mission of the church.  In this installment, we read What Is the Mission of the Church? by Greg Gilbert and Kevin DeYoung (November) and Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester. With each week, discussion questions are made available in the PLNTD Training community, and as each book concludes, we are making a PDF study guide for the entire book that can be used for personal application and training leaders in your own context.

Installment two [Jan/Feb 2012] of RRI begins this week, and the focus is the outworking of the gospel.  The goal is to deepen roots in the nature and implications of the gospel individually and corporately.  The two books that we are focusing on are Gospel: Recover the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J.D. Greear (January) and Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson (February).

For those interested in the self-feeding initiative of this installment of RRI, here is the reading schedule for the next two months:

Gospel: Recover the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
January 1-7                         (1-68)
January 8-14                      (69-144)
January 15-21                    (145-90)
January 22-28                   (191-256)

Gospel Wakefulness
January 29-February 4    (1-58)
February 5-11                     (59-112)
February 12-18                  (113-68)
February 19-25                  (169-218)

If you know a church leader or planter  who could be helped/edified by an informal regiment for personal growth and development, please pass this on. Our desire at PLNTD is to facilitate meaningful and accessible ways of teaching and training those leading the mission in the local church.


November 14, 2011

As I shared last month
, I have transitioned to working full-time with PLNTD.  This means, among other things, that you will be hearing a lot more about the work we are doing as a church planting network here on my blog.  For the past month, I have been working with our team to refresh everything we are doing, and today it goes live.  I’m calling it PLNTD 2.0.

Just so that you would know, we are currently in the middle of a two-year, multi-phase launch of the network. PLNTD 1.0 focused primarily on resourcing and relational community of the network build.  While continuing to strengthen these components, we are working to add two additional components to the build out, namely church-based residency centers and regional networks.  I’m encouraged where we are right now and look forward to completing the launch of the network and moving forward with the vision to create an environment through which church planters and reproducing churches can flourish in the Great Commission.

If you or your church is looking for a Great Commission cause to support, I encourage you to consider what we are doing and support our work.

Be sure to check out the network refresh and connect with us at the following places online:

PLNTD Website | Cobblestone | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

More to come.

POTW :: Tim Keller Reader

December 19, 2010

Last week, we had around 55 folks sign up for the Tim Keller Reading Group.  This is a picture of my reader (roughly 250 pages) that I had bound at the local OfficeMax.  Not bad for $5. I’ll be wearing this out over the next four months. If you’re interested and haven’t joined, go here for more information.

NEW Tim Keller Reading Group in 2011!

December 14, 2010

This morning, I announced on PLNTD a training opportunity for missional leaders and church planters by reading through 20 of the most significant articles written by Tim Keller on church planting, gospel centrality, missional living, and cultural engagement.  These 20 articles are compiled as a “reader” and will be covered over an 18 week period including 8 video conferencing opportunities.

Those of you on Twitter last Fall may remember my first experiment with this when I created the first Tim Keller reading group exclusively through Twitter.  The result was 74 people joining in from 24 states and 11 denominations, all desiring to learn together over the course of 4 months.  It was an experiment that proved incredibly profitable, and since then several have asked if I would ever consider doing something like that again.

So obviously the answer is YES.  But why on PLNTD?  In our training relational community, I have been listening to church planters talk about the challenges they face with receiving adequate training.  Very few of them can afford to attend church planting conferences.  Many of them talk about how the theological education they received was divorced from reality on the ground.  What almost everyone of them said is that they wanted training that was personal,  inexpensive, contextual, and accessible.

The Tim Keller Reading Group is the first of what I hope to be several training opportunities for those in our network to take advantage of creative ways of bringing significant training that would be both challenging and encouraging to church planters and missional leaders.  This training is free (inexpensive!), suited for specific contexts and any season in the church planting journey (contextual), and available to anyone who is a part of our relational communities through Cobblestone (accessible).

All the details are spelled out in the training community of the PLNTD Network, including schedule, syllabus, downloadable PDFs, and even custom cover page for your own Tim Keller reader.  And all of this begins January 3, 2011, so you have just enough time to get on board, create your reader, and dive into the discussions which will begin shortly after the holiday break.

My hope is that dozens of folks will take advantage of this opportunity to dial into the thinking of the godfather of the missional church for the welfare of their church and the edification of their labors.

What’s Next for Church Planting?

September 10, 2010

That was the question asked to me by Collin Hansen of The Gospel Coalition.  Darrin Patrick, Ed Stetzer, and I give our take on the future of church planting.  Below is my response.

On a network level, I believe we will see second- and third-level decentralization where there are networks within networks, whether they are regional or affinity-based. I am hearing more and more from church planters that they are either burned out or not interested in the current conference circuit and are looking for a mirco-conference of sorts that is tailored to their context and addresses specific issues in their church planting experience.  PLNTD hopes to utilize the approach of the “weekender” training (a la Capitol Hill Baptist Church) focusing on church planting needs as directed by practitioners on the field.

On a local church level, I believe both theological education and training of church planters are migrating from institutions and agencies to a grassroots movement. For instance, theological education through the Porterbrook Network provides a medium with a misssional emphasis that any local church could benefit from. Through PLNTD, we have targeted three main components: resourcing (via, relational communities (via Cobblestone), and residency centers (via church planting churches). Our goal is to develop parenting church communities where reproducing churches are equipped both with the ability to provide theological education as well as practical training for aspiring church planters through such church-based residency centers.

Another surging interest among those in our church planting circles is training in revitalization and replanting of existing churches. In the denomination we work with the most (SBC), 25 percent of all churches are not leading anyone to Christ (10,000+ churches), and many of them are merely existing in name only. Some have suggested that unless something is done, 20,000 of these churches will simply cease to exist by 2025. I see a great opportunity for strategic partnerships between networks such as PLNTD and denominational entities (including state conventions) that are realigning around the church’s mission to work together for reformation and renewal through a genuine, grassroots Great Commission Resurgence. This is already happening in some places across North America, and I believe it will become more prominent in years to come.

One thing not included in my response that I sent in the email is that the popularity of church planting is going to make it crucial for church planting churches and networks to separate the fan boys from the men called and qualified to plant a church.  This means the interview and assessment process will be all the more important to discover and discern those who indeed have been called to plant churches in the future.

I also agree wholeheartedly in Darrin’s and Ed’s assessments as well.  But I’m curious, what do you think is next for church planting?

What Others Are Saying About PLNTD

August 18, 2010

It has been a little over two months since we went public with the PLNTD Church Planting Network.  As you can see, my marginal time usually spent blogging has been severely limited due to increased responsibilities both on the church and network front.  I hope to resume blogging somewhat regularly in the near future, but for the time being I wanted to post some links for you to check out what others are saying about PLNTD.

Here are 16 “shout outs” recently posted on the PLNTD website (more forthcoming). Check them out:

Danny Akin
Trevin Wax
Donald Whitney
Owen Strachan
Bruce Ashford
Jonathan McIntosh
Steve Childers
Jared Wilson
Alvin Reid
Tony Merida
Bill Streger
George Robinson
Nathan Finn
Micah Fries
Phil Newton
Tom Ascol

To keep up with the latest with PLNTD, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  You can also subscribe to our e-newsletter for future developments.

“Bring It Back” – The Series

June 29, 2010

Over the past month, I have posted a 12-part series at the PLNTD Network website explaining the vision and direction of the new church planting initiative.  In the coming months, we plant to turn this series into a downloadable e-booklet, but for those who may have not seen them, I thought I’d post the links here. Starting in July, we will be developing the four narratives/threads for the blog as well as shout outs, book reviews, and developing our resource page.  Lots of developments taking place in the coming weeks and months.  If you are down with planting churches that are confessional, missional, and baptistic, then I think you’ll be interested. To stay connected, be sure to follow PLNTD on Twitter and Facebook and sign up for the e-newsletter.

The “Bring It Back” Series

1.  Forwarding Church Planting Through the Local Church
2.  A Heritage Worth Remembering and Retrieving
3.  The Great Commission and Church Planting
4.  Church Planting and Corporate Renewal
5.  Why a Baptist Church Planting Network
6.  Resourcing, Relationships, and Residency
7.  A Grassroots GCR: Church Planting for All Churches
8.  Providence and Passion: A Generational Resurgence
9.  Churches Planting Churches
10. Confessional and Missional
11. Praying for a Word-Driven, Spirit-Empowered Movement
12. I Will Build My Church

PLNTD – A Baptist Network for Church Planting Churches

June 9, 2010

Today, with my 10,000th tweet, I am happy to make known to you a project that has been in the works for several years–the PLNTD Network.

This is a new network that is singular in its purpose and simple in its design.  Its focus is the Great Commission, its passion is the local church, and its vision is seeing local churches owning the Great Commission to the point of reproducing themselves in new expressions of gospel-centered faithfulness.

The beta version of our resourcing website is live, and I have the privilege of beginning with a series called “Bring It Back” where, over a series of twelve articles, I lay out the call to bring church planting back to the local church and how PLNTD seeks to encourage, assist, and empower local churches and church planters for that specific task.  Over the next couple of months, we plan to stock the resource warehouse, develop relational communities, and share about the work of residency centers in local churches for training future church planters.  Together, we believe that resourcing, relationships, and residencies will help catalyze the vision of PLNTD and provide the kind of synergy we hope will inspire and encourage churches and planters alike in the call of the Great Commission.

There are several ways in which you can find out more information or get plugged into the PLNTD Network, not the least of which include:

* subscribe to the PLNTD feed
* follow PLNTD on Twitter
* join the PLNTD Facebook page
* sign up for the PLNTD e-newsletter

There is so much about PLNTD that has me really excited and hopeful about the future work of church planting in Baptist life.  I believe PLNTD has the potential to, on the one hand, reach out to the younger generation who are passionate about gospel-centeredness, missional living, and incarnational community, and on the other hand, reach out to the elder generation and provide opportunity to partner together for the renewal and revitalization of Baptist churches through a Great Commission resurgence.

We invite you to join us in the PLNTD Network to see church planting thrive in the church, by the church, and for the church!