Stephen Nelson at Awaken’s Easter Egg Dash and cupcake giveaway.
By Carl Stagner
Church planting is not for the faint of heart. Attendance ups and downs are normal. Emotional peaks and valleys come standard. Starts and stops are rocky, and twists and turns are plentiful. It’s a roller coaster of an experience and, as Stephen Nelson of Awaken Church, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, explains, “The struggle is real…but God is faithful!” With candor and confidence, Stephen opens up a window to the challenging but life-changing world of church planting as he’s experienced it over the past few years. Continue reading
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Tagged Arkansas, Awaken Church, barriers, candor, challenges, church growth, church multiplicatoin, church plant, church planter, church planting, college ministry, community outreach, evangelism, growth, healthy churches, healthy growth, LA, learning curve, learning experience, lessons, Louisiana, multi-ethnic, multicultural, multiplication, Natchitoches, parachute plant, Shelly Nelson, slow growth, Stephen Nelson, testimony, the struggle is real, Tom Planck
Tom Planck leading a CHOG conference at Exponential 2019.
By Carl Stagner
We’re simply not keeping up. Statistics show 4,000 churches are planted each year in the United States and 3,700 churches close. That leaves a gain of only three hundred churches. The overall population continues to rise, while the number of churches to reach people with the gospel lags behind. Perhaps now, more than ever, it’s time to change the conversation on church planting. That’s precisely what Tom Planck and Healthy Growing Churches are doing. The Church of God pastor and church planter is now actively pouring into the hearts of churches and regions to reverse a trend through basic math—multiplication. The numbers are starting to turn in their favor, as multiplication in the Midwest has captured fresh interest and mobilized existing churches like never before. Continue reading
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Tagged church growth, church multiplication, church planter, church planting, coaching, Crossroads 37, disciple-making, discipleship, discipling, evangelism, expansion, Greg Weins, Healthy Growing Churches, HGC, Indiana, Indiana Ministries, mentoring, Michigan, Midwest, multi-site, multiplication, Ohio, partnership, regional pastors, relaunch, reproduction, Tom Planck
By Tom Planck and Israel Munguia
The story of the community surrounding Westlake Church of God on the west side of Indianapolis, Indiana, is familiar to many churches across the state. The culture has vastly changed over the past several years. A once mostly Caucasian community has now shifted to include a large population of African American and Hispanic people. Continue reading
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Tagged church planters, church planting, Concilio Hispano, cross-cultural, discipleship, Healthy Growing Churches, Hispanic, Hispanic church, Hispanic Council, IN, Indiana, Indiana Ministries, Indianapolis, Israel Munguia, language, Midwest, multicultural, multiplication, Robin Munguia, Tom Planck, West Side, Westlake Church of God