Discerning a Replant's Starting Point

Discerning a Replant's Starting Point

A common mistake seen among church replanters is their failure to do the hard work of discerning the starting point of their church.  If the church replanter fails to grasp the starting point then their plans and ideas are often unhelpful and typically face resistance.

Is There a Grandparent Role in the Church?

Is There a Grandparent Role in the Church?

On April 24, 2012, I became a grandparent for the first time.  Prior to my grandson being born, I began asking other grandparents what it was like to be a grandparent.  All I ever got was “it’s fun.”  I replied, "but being a parent was fun, so what do you mean by it’s fun?”  But the response was always, “I don’t know, it’s fun.”

Church Replanting – A Difficult Intersection

Church Replanting – A Difficult Intersection

Church replanting is the intersection or the merging of two key ministry centers; a Chaplaincy and a Church Plant.

What Is Church Replanting, New England Style?

What Is Church Replanting, New England Style?

 

It is about the ministry

It is about the ministry

Bill Clinton made headlines with the phrase “It’s the economy stupid.” He wanted people to realize that there are lots of issues to talk about and lots of ideas to base a presidential strategy on but the key determiner in his mind was the economy.

Jesus came to serve, have we?

Jesus came to serve, have we?

Why are Christians willing to suffer for the sake of others? Why do they choose to sacrifice for those they don’t even know? Why do they take the initiative to risk their lives in order to serve the lowly and marginalized of society? Time and time again, they choose to personally absorb the hurt and overcome the difficulties. They make the adjustments required to accommodate the preferences of those they are serving rather than asking them to change. Why do Christians do this?

Incarnational Ministry

Incarnational Ministry

Is our ministry an incarnational ministry? Paul believed that the one doing the ministry is the one who ought to make the needed cultural adaptions out of love for those who don’t know Christ. Paul taught that those he was free from all men, he made himself a slave to all, so that he may win more.

Overseed & CRN Merger

Overseed & CRN Merger

We are excited to announce the merger of the Church Revitalization Network of New England (CRN) with Overseed. This merger provides a more complete solution to helping revitalize historic New England churches. Overseed has been focused on recruiting, equipping and supporting pastors, who are committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, to serve in historic NE churches. CRN’s focus was on recruiting and coaching individual New England historic churches in intentional renewal strategies.

Mentor or Coach or ?

Mentor or Coach or ?

So does a young pastor or seminary student need a coach, a mentor or something/someone else? Many technical business books and articles make a distinction between coaching and mentoring.

For example, in the book "Coaching & Mentoring" by Harvard Business Essentials(1), we see the following definitions: