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Many are asking how to get a ministry cluster going. This article by Randy Rowland will offer a step-by-step approach, with this proviso: This is a basic template, not a blueprint.

March 17, 2013 0 0 comments

The opening of the book of Luke is filled with hope and lofty speeches and songs. Underlying it all is the promise of God's kingdom where the rich and powerful are put in their place, the poor and weak are lifted up and all is made right. It is pretty heady stuff.  As John the Baptist comes on the scene Luke uses words ...

March 14, 2013 0 0 comments

Disney movies. For the most part we feel comfortable taking our kids to them. The language is decent, the plots are kind with the good guys winning at the end, and there is a lack of ambiguity in them.  The right people do the right things--they may wander for a bit, but they get back to it in the end. Meanwhile, the bad folks get what is coming to them--gently...

March 11, 2013 0 0 comments

There is a continual theme that pulsates through our culture. The theme is "God is love." The thing that always intrigues me about this idea that God is love is that love gets defined in a way that reflects whatever a person wants. So if I want my god to be loving so that he would never demand anything of me, then that is love. If I want my god to be the kind of god...

March 2, 2013 0 0 comments
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A partnership between the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and the Reformed Church in America (RCA) involving pooling resources in an innovative church-planting movement that will spread the gospel by reaching out to people in the places where they live.

February 28, 2013 0 0 comments

Yesterday I decided to start again on Luke's gospel taking time to read and study it closely. In the first few chapters there is the wonderful unfolding of the story--rich with hope and wonder. But I also noticed something else that I want to keep my eye on as I continue, namely, the story is never kept quiet, it is always shared with others.

February 25, 2013 0 0 comments
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The post was written by Larry Doornbos, Home Missions Church Planting Team Leader.

The gospel of Luke has always drawn my attention. Perhaps it stems from the radical edge of the gospel from Jesus' proclamation in Luke 4 of the "year of the Lord's favor" to his positive treatment of...

February 25, 2013 0 1 comments

The TGIF idea is not one that rings true for pastors. Friday is that moment of reality that Sunday is soon to be here. For some of us we are prepared and pretty much everything is in place. Others, who work best under pressure, are getting ready for the pressure cooker of Saturday research and writing. But whichever camp we fall into Friday is the precursor to busyness, not its end...

February 22, 2013 0 0 comments

For a certain number of pastors Monday is their Sunday. A time when they catch their breath, try to do a bit of revival, and re-center their lives. Personally, I rarely take Monday off. I think that Rick Warren got it right when he said that he didn’t take Monday off because it was the day he was most wiped out, “Why,” asked Warren, “would I take the day off when I feel the worst?”

February 21, 2013 0 2 comments
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The post was written by Larry Doornbos, Home Missions Church Planting Team Leader.

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you...

February 19, 2013 0 1 comments

Planting churches and revitalizing churches calls us to move outside the four walls and into the world. Moving into the world, however, presents more than a few challenges.

February 18, 2013 0 0 comments

When I was growing up and doing Sunday school I remember going to other churches and seeing the cool prizes you could get for perfect attendance and for memorizing scripture. To be honest, I always felt a bit bummed that we didn’t get those things in my church. As I grew up however, I began to wonder about these ways of getting kids to places and getting ...

February 11, 2013 0 0 comments

Every once in a while someone asks me about the passage in 1 Corinthians 11 that deals with the Lord's supper. What does one do with this verse and who can dares to take communion in the light of eating and drinking judgment on yourself, after all, even the most committed and faithful of us never gets the faith completely right...

February 9, 2013 0 0 comments
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Ministry development guidelines from Christian Reformed Home Missions

February 8, 2013 0 0 comments

Last week the Church Planting Teams of the CRC and RCA came together for two days of "meetings".  Some of you may be aware that the CRC and RCA are working together to catalyze mission in North America.  About two years ago the Church Multiplication Initiative was started. In the last 24 months there have been 10 regional areas...

February 4, 2013 0 0 comments

In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die, where you invest your love, you invest your life. For today, simply this, we need to decide where we will invest our lives and how we will pursue that investment. That's what we are going to explore from many different angles in this...

January 27, 2013 0 0 comments
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I would love some feedback on this idea!

First, three observations:

(1) There is a huge initiative right now to church plant in the CRC (and in many mainline denominations).

(2) There are also many churches in the CRC who have been declining and have reached a critical point (...

September 4, 2011 0 14 comments
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A few years ago I attended a West Coast Regional Ministry Summit which got me thinking about church multiplication and ways to get it done.  The illustration was shared by our guide for the discussion comparing...

June 22, 2011 0 9 comments
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I'm wondering if there are any CRC churches that are transitioning to 'missional' along the lines that Hugh Halter proposes in his books with Matt Smay: The Tangible Kingdom and AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church.

I'd be interested in a dialogue with others who are working to...

February 22, 2011 0 0 comments
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Have you ever wondered how to start a movement.  Church planting as I have come to understand over the years is less about creating a single static community that meets on a Sunday morning, and more about starting a movement of believers who want to join in what the Holy Spirit is doing in a...

January 11, 2011 0 9 comments
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In 2007, Home Missions updated its strategy for Classes to use when looking at mobilizing church planting and church development. Although time has passed, this document still is helpful for classes wanting to be strategic about growing their churches.

December 20, 2010 0 0 comments
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Check out this talk (news story, audio download) by Prof. Carl Bosma on the need for the seminary to produce church planters.  What do you think?

September 29, 2010 0 0 comments
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Church Planting is something that happens locally, nationally and globally.  Because of that the Global Mission segment of the Network also has a lot of material on church planting, most of which was produced by Randy Rowland of the Seattle area.  You can find that material at this link.  http...

September 24, 2010 0 0 comments
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Hello, One prevalent problem in our churches is disappearance of people from age 18 to 30. Even the most active youth group kids seem to go away to college and virtually disappear off of the congregations radar. There are many possible reasons why this, but chief among them has to be that when...

July 14, 2010 0 1 comments

I've noticed that there isn't a section here in the Network for church growth. I've been doing some volunteer work with my church doing church growth by using some of the same principles as church planting. There has been some good results. Out of curiosity, what other ideas are out there to...

May 19, 2010 0 1 comments



You are not nuts.   You are not crazy.   Some seminary trained preachers preach the pure word of God, but some don't.  Some established churches practices church discipline but some don't.   Some administer sacraments purely, but some don't.   A missional group may be as much "church" as any of these established churches, and may have the "marks" of the church, or may make similar mistakes or different mistakes than established churches.  Preach the word in season, and out of season (indoors, and outdoors, and without doors...).  

I think you your kidding yourself Brian. The changes we need are more than a "mini" movement. Look at the churches in Eruope. That is where we are heading.

I am a lifetime member of a crc but they are not there in my sickness. How are churches going to deal with missions when they struggle with their own? Wake up people,  you are one long term disease from a different oppinion and isolation.



 I think Allan Likkle named it.  We need to be about starting mini movements.  Allan tell us more about the Missional Cafe in Denver?  What kind of groove are they starting?  Are you out here in the PNW yet?

I wish you could hear what I am going to say from someone other than me because of my unstable emotional responses from sickness.

When we talk aboat following Jesus's commission and want to interact with the world, we have to consider how Christians are portrayed in public discourse. How do we change that image? One person at a time? Does this image exist because of a overt outside influence or decay from within or both. 

As leaders, you guys are the catalyst to accomplish this. Most people are followers which is fine if they are listening to their hearts from Christ.



The missional church isn't a program to adopt, it has always existed by God's will through out history after Christ's was born. In other words it is the body of believers that resides in and out of our churches.

What we need to do is pattern our churches on this understanding. That means being aware of the Holy Spirit and humbly following His cue's.

It's exciting to watch the Spirit work through people like Brian and Derek. what a honor it is to serve God in whatever your role is. Take nothing for granted, the Lord can accomplish His will through you inspite of you. You have to act as a vessel by haveing the faith to try.I can relate to the methods during my breif street ministry. They come naturally if you believe in what you are doing.

God bless you guys Ken

Great video lesson.  Now how do we start a movement in the church like that?  Slowly but surely.  I won't take my shirt off, but I may dance like that dude.  Good stuff.

There are different movement genres. Many church plants are "mini" movements. I believe the November gathering of missional leaders at the missional cafe in Denver could very well be the genesis of a movement among CRCNA leaders. I'll join any movement with Brian and Andy because I know whom they follow.

I'll follow to! Can't just have two nuts out there. Now it's three and we're a crowd! And let's take this a step further. What would a CRC church multiplication movement look like?

This video is excellent.  I'll be the first follower and say the Brian has given us a gem. 

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Found a good print website. You need a bit of lead time, but I was able to get 2500 full color double sided half page flyers for $130.

Interesting that we just talked about this at our council meeting last night. We had hoped to plant a church in our area, but because of a series of unfortunate events, the plan fell through. Still, we want to extend our mission and are excited about doing that through our established church. We'd love to hear more stories or ideas.

I've listened to Mike Frost live at a church planting congress, shared a cup of coffee with him, and I think his message of "missional", like that of Craig Van Gelder and Al Roxburgh is timely, inspirational, motivational, and biblical.

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