Mission Field: The North American Urban Context

When I consider the mission field of North America (NA), Jesus’ actions and words often come to mind as a good reminder and strategic thought process for engagement. He was going through all the cities and villages, teaching and proclaiming the gospel, and healing diseases and sicknesses (Matthew 9:35). Let’s sets the stage with that […]

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In our first post, Mission Field: Church Planting Basics, we discussed what church planting is and why church planting serves as the natural outflow from both the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:35-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Today, we pivot into the opening discussion on what defines the North American context and mission field. What […]

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Mission Field North America

In a previous series, Defining Church Planting, we discussed the foundational and theological framework for the tasks of Church Planting in general. Today and in the following series of posts, the goal will be to take this foundation and begin to apply those principles when considering the North American context (US and Canada). Before we […]

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Swapping the Cape for the Cross

Some things need to be repackaged and distributed differently. The works of Karl Barth, for instance; his original writings were in German, which doesn’t help me if I can’t read German. Other times, a piece of writing just needs to be re-shared, just like it is. I find the second to be the case today […]

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Pure Team Church Planting

The biblical pattern of missions and evangelism is almost always a team effort (Ephesians 4, Titus 1, I Timothy 3, 1 Peter 5, James 3, Hebrews 13). It is not good for man to be alone, especially as a missionary-pastor! The demands of fruitful industrious gospel ministry in a city are intense. Therefore, while I think it […]

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Church Planting Team: Assemble!

So, God is calling you to plant a church. You see the need. You know the city or area you are burdened for. Your family is on board. The church you are a member of is sending you out. It’s time to assemble a team!  Tony Merida gave our team the advice (advice he shares […]

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Lessons Learned From Accidently Planting a House Church

Church planting can be tough. Designing a prospectus, recruiting a core team, courting church partners, and planning a budget compound the already difficult task of the missionary-pastor. However, despite all of these tasks, it is important to remember that church planting is free. Sure, following Jesus’ great commission will cost you everything. But not all […]

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Of All the Places You Could GO

Our team recently co-wrote a blog unpacking how we arrived at desiring to plant in Washington DC. Today I want to build off of my personal experience and derive a few principles for choosing a city to plant a church. This is my opinion formulated from reading the Scriptures, reading various resources, and watching other people […]

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The Narrative of a Church Plant: Why DC?

Why DC? Rather than writing a typical “do-this-and-you’ll-succeed” series of blogs on church planting, the CGCS is displaying the story of a new team; the highs, the lows, the flaws, the successes, the providence, the frustration; all of this will be present in the blogs and cover various topics.  Sometimes they will be writing blogs […]

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