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Why we need new church plants on the Jersey Shore

In the famous words of Dave Letterman, “96% of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Yes, it is true that according to whomever does the research, it is difficult to have no bias whatsoever in the work. And it’s also true that you can often hear two statistics concerning the same topic that completely and utterly contradict one another. In prefacing w...

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Why Replant a Church rather than close its doors?

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I love reading about a church's history, especially if that church has been in existence for a century or more.  Those black and white photographs of an old plain church building surrounded by people who ministered to their communities so long ago - what a great spiritual heritage to have!  What a gift and a tresure to continue the work of so many saints who have...

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Foundations #6 - Church Planting, Replanting, and Revitalization

Paul and the Apostles understood this commission of Christ as a call to plant churches. He would travel to major urban cities with regional influences, plant a church, and then move on to the next city. People traveling to and fro from these cities would carry the Christian message to the outer limits and small towns outside the city, and thus more churches were planted. I...

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Everyone's Call to Make Disciples

So, last week we looked at the fact that there is not supposed to be a Senior Pastor Super-Man who stands before the body, possessing all the gifts, and being the one in charge of all things "churchy". It's an interesting sermon, because everyone loves to give a "Ra-Ra", down with the single pastor, guy who calls all the shots, mentality. But there is a flip side to this...

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Upcoming Oregon Church Planting Conference

This weekend, Pastor Eric from Remedy is going to be speaking at a small church planting conference hosting by a sister church in our network from Oregon. This is a little bit about why we think its a good thing to go cross country to talk to people about planting churches, and what we hope to achieve from it. ...

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God IS doing something special here

Sometimes its good to slow down our constant planning and looking to the future and focus for a moment on what God HAS DONE and what God IS DOING ...

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The Importance of Church Planting

We are a church plant that is focused on planting churches. In fact, our mission is simply stated, "To make disciples and plant churches". So why is church planting so important? ...

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Are Church Mergers the Way of the Future?

Today we look at a topic that has drawn many opinions. In fact, some have very strong opinions, and if you are reading this, you are welcome to a strong opinion too. We are looking at a question that a lot of people are asking: are church mergers the way of the future, or are they a sign of a weakening church in our culture? ...

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Is it ever a win when churches die? Part 4

This is the final blog in a 4 part series about the death of churches in our local community. In this entry we are going to look at why up and coming church plants and established churches both need each other for the good of the Gospel in a community. ...

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Is it ever a win when churches die- Part 3

So far as we have examined the question "Is it ever a win when churches die" we have looked at the responsibility of the liberal church that has abandoned the Gospel and the evangelical but dying church that is resistant to change and reaching emerging generations. In this entry we are going to examine our own camp and take a look at the neo-Reformed church planting movem...

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Is It Ever a Win For The Kingdom When Churches Die? Part I

Unfortunately, here in the North East, many churches with long and faithful legacies are losing the war of attrition. We want to examine, from Scripture, whether this is ever a good thing ...

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Is It Ever a Win For The Kingdom When Churches Die? Part II

This time, we are going to look a little bit more at churches within our own "camp" and try to ask the same question. ...

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Why Plant Churches? Aren't there enough already?

On a typical drive around town, you will probably drive by several churches. Depending on where you live and how many errands you have to run, you might pass a dozen. Do we really need more churches? ...

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