Why Lay People Can (and Should) Plant Churches

Why Lay People Can (and Should) Plant Churches

We should remember that it is God (not boards or faculties) who raises up leaders.


The desire to plant churches using lay people is not new, but it is finding a renewed emphasis. This is partly because we’ve found that when we primarily go the Bible college/seminary route to find all our church planters, we don't naturally develop bi-vocational paths to plant churches, which are also necessary for us to reach the world for Christ.

One-on-One with Brian Dembowczyk on ‘Cornerstones’

One-on-One with Brian Dembowczyk on ‘Cornerstones’

Cornerstones is a discipleship tool for parents to use with their children and an approachable systematic theology book for parents.


Ed: What is the basic premise of Cornerstones?

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not.

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not.

For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice.


Evangelism has the ability to make some of us very uncomfortable. We worry about offending people. We agonize over saying something wrong, unorthodox, or unhelpful that might end up leading someone further from Christ in lieu of closer to him.

One-on-One with Scot McKnight on ‘Open to the Spirit’

One-on-One with Scot McKnight on ‘Open to the Spirit’

The Holy Spirit’s involvement in our lives through the cultivation of holiness, spiritual gifts, and worship.


Ed: You say that the secret to experiencing the Christian life is allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to live as God wants us to live. Why do you think so many Christians today are nervous and hesitant to open themselves up to the Spirit’s work?

Five Decisions that Helped Turn Around My Small Town Church

Five Decisions that Helped Turn Around My Small Town Church

I believe your small town church can grow; I believe this because I’m living it.


One-on-One with Sam Chan on Evangelism in a Skeptical World

One-on-One with Sam Chan on Evangelism in a Skeptical World

The essence of evangelism is the gospel message—true for all peoples, all places, and all times.


Tribalism Outside the Church. And In.

Tribalism Outside the Church. And In.

While no two of us are completely alike, we tend to find fellow humans who share at least one if not more of our convictions.


Many of us recall playing little league baseball, soccer, or softball as kids. Something about being a part of a team excites and energizes the human spirit. Groups of youngster’s rally behind a common ambition and celebrate our reliance on one another in order to see our goals come to fruition.

The Moral of Moral Failings of Christian Leaders

The Moral of Moral Failings of Christian Leaders

The character of Christian leaders is in question. We need to ask why and work for change.


The past few months (and if we are honest, the past few years) have been hard for Christians, and evangelicals in particular. I’ve felt it myself as I’ve had to deal with some good friends confess to failures, and the aftermath that has occurred in their wake.

It’s certainly been much harder on those directly hurt, but it’s impacted many of us.

One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

The gospel springs into life and people are transformed.


Ed: What led you to write From Jerusalem to Timbuktu?

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Why is it uniquely challenging for us to address issues often associated with mental illness?


Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list.

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