Church Planting

Church planting can be an effective methodology to engage our communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The New Testament witness is clear. After the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost, a future event that Jesus had predicted (Matt 16:18), God’s instrument to declare the manifold wisdom to the principalities and authorities (Eph 3:10) marched to the order of making disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20). Church planting is not about a Sunday morning service. It is about gathering together believers in Jesus Christ resulting from evangelistic activities in the community.

“In church planting the goal isn’t to plant the coolest church or do things that have never been done before, but it’s always to reach people, be on mission, and be about the kingdom of God.”

Ed Stezter and Daniel Im, Planting Missional Churches, 2016:1

Missional Church Planting

Missional Church Planting focuses on the movemental nature of the church with attention to the importance of cultural exegesis and adaptive strategies for ecclesial structures and leadership. Special attention is given to the importance of missiology in catalyzing reproducing churches. You’ll analyze and evaluate contemporary church planting models with a view toward a nascent articulation of a personal church planting philosophy developed in a community of learners.

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Church Planting Blogs

Defining Unreached and Unengaged People Groups
By Michael T. Cooper / 16 July, 2022

Defining Unreached and Unengaged People Groups

Over the past two decades, many monikers have emerged to help describe the task of fulfilling the Great Commission.  Samuel Wilson’s...

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The Great Opportunity
By Michael T. Cooper / 5 May, 2022

The Great Opportunity

I recently met with the Vice President of Church Planting Strategy from a well respected church planting organization in the...

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Reflections on the State of Church Planting in the US
By Michael T. Cooper / 24 February, 2022

Reflections on the State of Church Planting in the US

Ever since C. Peter Wagner declared church planting as the greatest strategy for the spread the gospel around the world...

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End a Theological Famine
By Michael T. Cooper / 16 November, 2021

End a Theological Famine

We drove to a remote village in South Asia where we were about to meet a new church leader. He’d...

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Lessons from Calvin: Is it Time for Another Reformation?
By Michael T. Cooper / 31 October, 2021

Lessons from Calvin: Is it Time for Another Reformation?

It is no secret that the American evangelical church finds herself in turmoil. As attendance and membership decline in spite...

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Becoming Conversant with CPMs in the New Testament
By Michael T. Cooper / 23 October, 2021

Becoming Conversant with CPMs in the New Testament

As church planting movements (CPMs) have drawn the attention of missionary practitioners around the world, missiologists are looking closely at...

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A Warning Against Disharmony
By Michael T. Cooper / 11 August, 2021

A Warning Against Disharmony

I had coffee this morning with a friend who is a fellow co-laborer in ministry. As we bantered around various...

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Would Jesus Plant a Church?
By Michael T. Cooper / 3 July, 2021

Would Jesus Plant a Church?

Don’t you like dealing in hypotheticals? Those sometimes frustrating “what if” questions?  Recently, Mike Frost posed such a question, “If...

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The Looming Crisis in American Christianity
By Michael T. Cooper / 28 May, 2021

The Looming Crisis in American Christianity

Two recent studies about the state of the church in the US have further demonstrated the tenuous situation of American...

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Team Essentials: Teacher
By Alan Hirsch / 26 November, 2020

Team Essentials: Teacher

I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth as...

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