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The Three Characteristics Every Church Planter Needs

When Kay and I headed to Southern California in the last days of 1979 to start Saddleback Church, we had …

10 Principles for Planting a Multiplying, Purpose Driven Church

When Kay and I arrived in Orange County, it wasn’t our mission to plant a mega church. We wanted to …

5 Confessions of a “Failed” Church Planter

I’ve planted several churches, and I know how hard it can be. I’ve never “closed” a plant, but I’ve sat …

3 Church-Planting Practices That Need to Die

Over the years, I’ve seen lots of great church-planting practices, and many not-so-great ones. Too many churches open and then …

Multiplication: The Most Important Thing Your Church Will Ever Do

Church planting is part of Saddleback’s DNA. We’ve started at least one church every year since the beginning. It is …

Increasing Evangelism in Church Planting

Can our people articulate a simple Gospel message and call men and women to faith in Jesus Christ? There’s no …

Two Statistics Every Church Planter Needs to Know

You can’t plant a church without partners and you can’t grow a healthy church without evangelism. But those will look …

Church Planting, Thermometers, and Thermostats

Isn’t it easier to point out the wrongdoings of others and tell people what to do, rather than be a …

Rethinking Church Plant Funding

Since the turn of the century, many denominations have made a strong effort to funnel resources toward church planting. This …

Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 4 Steps for Developing Multiplication Leaders

  Mission leaders like to talk about Church Planting Movements (CPMs), but I believe it’s unlikely we will ever see …

Why We Multiply Everything, Including Churches and Campuses

When we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a …

A Special Invitation to Exponential West 2013

I love church planting and church  planters, and I know  how difficult planting a church can be. When Kay and I …

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