Sitting alone at an outdoor cafe near his Queens apartment on a warm, sunny Monday afternoon, a young church planter stares at his laptop.
Church planting is not sexy. Or cool. Or easy. At least not in New York City.
When I read Mark 1:29-39, I can’t help but think of the many pastors, church planters, and leaders I’ve met over the years.
The following article originally appeared in the Redeemer Report. One of the common frustrations church planters often face is a kind of protectionist turf consciousness that they meet from established churches in their target areas. If the established church, however small or weak it may be, discovers that a new church might begin nearby, the […]
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
In Part 1 of this post, I suggested that when a worship service is shaped by the gospel, a church doesn’t need to decide between edifying existing Christians and evangelizing to non-Christians.
Who is a worship service for? I remember asking myself that question as a second-year seminary student. Clearly, the goal of worship is to glorify God, first and foremost. But which kinds of people are expected to be in a worship service? Certainly, Christians are to gather for worship. But passages like 1 Corinthians 14, where Paul […]
Over a period of 12 years, I planted two churches in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
This article outlines four ideas that in my experience are at the core of preaching effectively in a secular culture. If you seek to communicate the gospel to both the Christians and non-Christians in your midst, I encourage you to pursue all four elements in your own preaching. 1. PREACH TO CHRISTIANS AND NON-CHRISTIANS AT […]
In order to have the greatest impact on the city and to reflect all aspects of gospel transformation, we seek to achieve a balance along five key ministry fronts. As part of its founding mission to be a church in and for the city, Redeemer seeks to balance its work among five core ministry fronts. […]