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  • §  Pennsylvania:

Turning Point: Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Providence Lampeter: meeting at Lancaster Country Day School, Lampeter, Pa.

Visionpointe: Manchester, Pa.

Exponentialchurch.tv: Harrisburg, Pa.

Solid Rock Church: Osceola Mills, Pa.

New Horizons: Manheim, Pa.

Treasures of Heaven: Denver, Pa.

Mosaic Ministries: Lancaster, Pa.

Reality Church: Robertsdale, Pa.

  • §  North Carolina

REC Church: Wake Forest, Nc.

Lumen Church: Chapel Hill, Nc.

Orchard Church movement: Asheville, Nc., Atlanta, Ga., and Greensboro, Nc.

Last Days World Harvest: Raleigh, Nc. and Hillsborough, Nc.

The Transformation Church: Zebulon, Nc.

  • §  South Carolina

Epic Church: Bluffton, Sc.

Aqua Viva Church: Bluffton, Sc.

  • §  Latino:

Columbia, Pa., Middletown, Pa., York, Pa.: Caleb and Christina Acosta

  • §  Liberian (affiliated):

New Beginning International Ministries: Oakland, Ca., Columbus, Oh.

Church of Christ: Bristol, Pa.

 

Book and Blog List
  • How to Multiply Your Church: The Most Effective Way to Grow God's Kingdom
    How to Multiply Your Church: The Most Effective Way to Grow God's Kingdom
    by Ralph Moore
  • Starting a New Church: The Church Planter's Guide to Success
    Starting a New Church: The Church Planter's Guide to Success
    by Ralph Moore
  • Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch
    Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch
    by Nelson Searcy; Kerrick Thomas
  • Starting New Churches on Purpose
    Starting New Churches on Purpose
    by Ron Sylvia
  • Planting Fast-Growing Churches
    Planting Fast-Growing Churches
    by Stephen Gray

                                                                                          

  • Church Planting Landmines
    Church Planting Landmines
    by Tom Nebel & Gary Rohrmayer
  • Church Planting from the Ground Up
    Church Planting from the Ground Up
    College Press Publishing Company
  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
    In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
    by Mark Batterson
  • Sticky Church [STICKY CHURCH]
    Sticky Church [STICKY CHURCH]
    Zondervan
  • Spin-Off Churches: How One Church Successfully Plants Another
    Spin-Off Churches: How One Church Successfully Plants Another
    by Rodney Harrison, Tom Cheyney, Don Overstreet
  • Full Disclosure
    Full Disclosure
    by Stephen Gray and Barry Smith
  • Parent Church Landmines
    Parent Church Landmines
    by Ben Ingebretson and Tom Nebel
  • Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)
    Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)
    by Ed Stetzer, Warren Bird
  • Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity
    Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity
    by Mark Batterson
  • The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
    The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
    by Mark Batterson
  • It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
    It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
    by Craig Groeschel
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Bill Hybels to Planters: "You've won the lottery!"

Great article on Bill Hybels' insights into church planting.

http://blog.exponential.org/2013/01/bill-hybels-how-i-would-plant-a-church-today/#more-3893

But here's the best for all of you church planters from Bill:

 

Question: Bill: To close, do you have a final word of advice or encouragement for church planters?

A: You’re one of the luckiest people on the planet—because the most important thing happening on earth is the establishment and building of local churches. God selected you to be able to form a community where this incredibly important work is going to be going on under your direction for perhaps the next 40 years. You won the lottery!

Enjoy it! Every day realize you don’t have to stand at a drill press. You don’t have to load and unload trucks. You get to traffic in kingdom ideas and work with great people who are pulling with you to try to form this Acts 2 dream of Christ’s church. You should fall on your knees and say, “God, what an incredible privilege to be invited by your Holy Spirit to play a key role in the most important thing happening on planet Earth.”

I tell pastors all the time that I’ve had a ball! We’ve taken our hits. There are bad days. But I’ve had an astonishingly blessed ride. And I think God would have that same heart toward every pastor. I think he wants every pastor to love His Word and love the adventure of His work. I don’t even know what it’s like to lay my head on the pillow and say that today was a waste. Every night, I feel like we moved the ball. We may have only moved it a foot, but we moved the kingdom ball ahead a little bit today. That’s good enough for me.

A high percentage of the human race hits the pillow at night feeling like their day was a waste. They didn’t move anything eternal ahead. They didn’t touch any lives. They didn’t do anything that’s going to outlive them. So my final word to church planters is this—you won the lottery! You get to lead the coolest endeavor on planet Earth, the only agency God said he was going to predictably bless and favor.

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