Put Accountability Back Into Training Leaders

Summary It is a duty of pastors and leaders to train new shepherds and leaders by modelling pastoral skills on-the-job in new, small, highly interactive, loving churches, as Jesus and Paul did.  Relational modeling and teaching At People Of Yes! we have noticed a debilitating deficiency in relational skill modeling in many aspects of Evangelical work. We recently surveyed a group of successful field practitioners, who told us that one of the most important needs that they saw in their … [Read more...]

To Shepherd Thirty Congregations

Some pastors in growing movements cause stagnation by trying personally to lead ten, twenty, thirty or more gatherings. Consultants Bill Smith, Patrick O’Connor and others have identified several reasons for pastors failing to delegate leadership to others: Dependence—I receive a stipend from overseas for the work I do. Dignity—I alone can do the work in a manner worthy of the Almighty. Doctrine—I trust my doctrines but remain unsure about yours. Economics—I meet my needs … [Read more...]

“How quickly can new believers start new churches?”

  Someone recently challenged, “Where in the Bible does it say that you can let new believers quickly start new churches?”   “Go quickly and tell ... that he has risen from the dead.” Mt 28.7 “Go out quickly ... and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.” Lk 14.21   Quickly means, “as soon as practical,” “as soon as the Lord makes it possible.” Quickly does not mean, “after years of formal education” or “after raising … [Read more...]

Church Planting during Global Political Change

Visibly shaken, Brett announced to the gathering, “The city council decreed today that churches are forbidden to meet outside of designated chapels, and they must first sign agreements not to comment on other faiths, nor to pray for sick children. Therefore, we have to comply or disband and drop our plans to start new churches.” The believers looked at each other in dismay. Some wept. Fifteen current global trends require that we church planters make adjustments to our methods while … [Read more...]

How to get God to keep His promises? Agree On Earth!

Every one of God's promises is "Yes" in him; therefore also through him the "Amen" is spoken, to the glory we give to God. 2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV Two volunteer church planters arrive by bus in a small town ten kilometers away from their homes, sent by their cell group to start another such group. They descend the steep steps, their Bibles and tracts hidden in shoulder bags. As the vehicle roars away in a cloud of diesel smoke, they lay hands on each other’s shoulders and pray. “Lord … [Read more...]