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.”
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. […]
A vigorous and continuous approach to church planting is the only way to guarantee an increase in the number of believers, and is one of the best ways to renew the whole body of Christ. The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for (1) the numerical growth of the body of […]
Worship isn’t just about honoring tradition or keeping up with culture, it’s about attracting non-believers through comprehensible worship and leading those people to personal commitment. THE WORSHIP WARS One of the basic features of church life in the United States today is the proliferation of worship and music forms. This in turn has caused many […]