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4 Tips for Church Planting Pastors

December 27, 2016

“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2

Planting ‘church-planting churches’ is our most important next generation work. This past fall, I and other pastors in Harvest Bible Fellowship had the privilege and opportunity to train a class of 40 pastors from around the world, preparing them to plant, or in a few instances replant, Christ-exalting Harvest churches over the next year.

Planting ‘church-planting churches’ is our most important next generation work.

A few weeks ago, on their final day in our Harvest Training Center, I had some time with nearly all of these pastors to answer a question about a ministry matter that had resonated with them during their training here. In the hope that these brief conversations will be of benefit to you also, we’ll post the resulting Q&A clips several at a time over the next few months.

If you or someone you know would like to be part of a core group in any of these planting locations, contact info@harvestbiblefellowship.org for more info.

DISCIPLESHIP: “There is much confusion about ‘discipleship.’ What is a mature disciple?” John Fieck, planting in Ogden, Utah, fall of 2017

WORSHIP: “Is it the business of the Senior Pastor to be involved in the planning of high-impact services, or should that be left to the worship team?” Arllen Ade, serving in biblical counseling at a Harvest in Toronto, Canada

PREACHING: “What are the elements of a high-impact service?” Stuart Swicegood, planting in Morristown, New Jersey, fall of 2017

LEADERSHIP: “In leadership, we want to communicate a compelling state of affairs in a way that engenders followership. What is it that makes a ‘state of affairs’ compelling?” Phil Eastman, serving at Harvest North Phoenix

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Praying for Our President-Elect

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I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

What a great Scripture to put into practice, especially following the election results of last week. Like most Bible-believing Christians, I can think of many biblical convictions that I wish our President-elect had, and about which we must fervently pray. But today I think I will focus on obedience to the above Scripture and cultivate the kind of thankfulness

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The Danger of Reductionism in Preaching

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As a recovering addict of overstatement, I want to be careful in the words I choose to warn fellow ministers about the danger of reductionism in our preaching and teaching. Dictionary.com defines reductionism as: “The practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue, condition, or the like, especially to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting it.” Few things discourage young Christians, or those considering the faith, more than an over simplification of the many complex issues current residents of this planet are grappling with. Read More

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