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26 minutes | 5 hours ago
3 Essentials of church planting
If you’re thinking about planting a church, there are three essential elements you must incorporate. In this episode, our co-hosts discuss why prayer, preparation and planning are essential for prospective planters to consider and live out. Want to learn more about starting a residency at your church or where to find one near you? Visit sendnetwork.com/residencies to learn more about residencies and discover a program nearest you.
25 minutes | 22 days ago
Practical ways to engage your city
With so much going on in the church and in the lives of your members, engaging your city can feel daunting. And with so many needs, it can be hard to know where to start. In this episode, our hosts talk about how and why we should engage our city and communities, practical ideas about where your church can begin and how to holistically engage your city and community — spiritually, emotionally, economically and socially. To learn more about how you can engage the needs of your city and be part of holistic restoration, download our Send Relief ministry guides.
22 minutes | a month ago
How to navigate political polarization in the church
Pastors and church planters, how are you feeling as you lead your churches through this season of political divisiveness and struggle? It can seem our country — and sometimes our churches — are more divided along political lines than in recent history. In this episode, our cohosts discuss how they’ve been leading their church in this political season and how to help your church pursue unity, love and how to lock arms for the greater mission. This was filmed in October — prior to election day and the final results of the 2020 election.
24 minutes | a month ago
Helping a church plant outlive its planter
A lot of church plants don’t make it to their fifth birthday. And sadly, fewer church plants survive if their planting pastor leaves within the first few years. How does a church planter ensure his church will endure, even if he isn’t around? In this episode, our hosts talk about what elements and systems a planter must establish in order to thrive for the long-haul. Multiplication Pipeline helps you train leaders in your church and send them on mission. Learn more at namb.net/pipeline.
25 minutes | a month ago
3 Skills you need to plant a church
It takes a lot to plant a church, but there are key skills and characteristics every church planter needs. Using a new, creative format, hosts Dhati Lewis, Noah Oldham and Heiden Ratner discuss what they each believe are the top three skills every church planter needs to plant a church. Mentions: The Art of War by Sun Tzu The Christ-Centered Expositor: A Field Guide for Word-Driven Disciple Makers by Tony Merida
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Discerning the call to plant a church
Discerning the call to plant a church can be tough. It’s unique and personalized to each planter, but there are also common aspects that manifest differently in people’s lives. There’s a lot to consider, and in this episode, hosts Dhati Lewis, Noah Oldham and Heiden Ratner help future church planters and sending and multiplying churches know what to look for, what questions to ask and the hard reality of church planting. Do you feel called to plant a church? We’d love to help. Learn more about our assessment process at namb.net/assessment
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Is self-care in ministry selfish?
Sometimes, pastors and church planters end up taking care of everyone — except themselves — and the grind of ministry wears them down to the point of exhaustion or burnout. Is it selfish to care for yourself so you can better care for those around you? In this episode, We are Send Network hosts Dhati Lewis, Noah Oldham and Heiden Ratner talk about the importance of self-care for leaders and practical ways pastors can take care of themselves in busy seasons and beyond.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Criticism in ministry: helpful or harmful?
If you’re a pastor, church planter or in any ministry leadership position, dealing with criticism is unavoidable. Now—perhaps more than ever—pastors are bombarded with emails, phone calls and text messages about how they ought to be handling things. But how should they respond to these criticisms? Is there some criticism that’s helpful and others that are harmful? In this episode, Dhati Lewis, Noah Oldham and Heiden Ratner will discuss hard criticism, helpful criticism, and harmful criticism and how to respond to each. Mentions: Dealing with the Rejection and Praise of Man by Bob Sorge Read one chapter of Proverbs a day
25 minutes | 2 months ago
What’s Send Network all about?
There’s a lot of church planting networks out there. But what makes Send Network unique? In this episode, Dhati Lewis, Noah Oldham and Heiden Ratner discuss who Send Network is, where we’re going and how we’ve seen our values play out this year.
1 minutes | 3 months ago
New co-hosts join Dhati Lewis!
Beginning Sept. 24, new co-hosts Noah Oldham and Heiden Ratner will join Dhati Lewis for “We are Send Network.” Here’s a quick word from the guys about what’s in store.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Developing your church planting team
How do you inspire your church planting team to own, sacrifice and hone the vision of your church plant? In this episode, Dhati Lewis interviews Heiden Ratner, lead pastor and church planter of WALK Church in Las Vegas, Nevada to talk about how church planters can practically help their team own the vision of the church plant and the three types of callings church planting teams members should consider before planting.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Empower smaller expressions of church
If you surveyed your church and asked what the essence of the Church is, what would they say? You may find many members answer along the lines of the church being a vendor of religious goods and services instead of a missionary incubator. In this Send Network Gathering breakout session Brad Brisco — Send Network’s director of bivocational church planting — talks about how vital it is for the Church to regain its missionary mindset and nature. To view more content from the virtual Send Network Gathering visit sendnetworkgatherings.com.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
How to solve your city’s greatest problem
How can God get the greatest glory in every aspect of your members’ lives and thus solve your city’s greatest problem? Bruce Moore, lead pastor of Christ Fellowship Church in Tampa, Florida, answers this question in this virtual Send Network Gathering breakout session. Moore reminds us that every time God calls us into a God-size vision to solve our city’s problems, we’re invited to start with what He’s already given us — the people, places and resources around us. To view more content from the virtual Send Network Gatherings visit sendnetworkgatherings.com.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Church planting in the most diverse city in the world
Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world. More than 50% of the population is born outside of the country. So, how do church planters pastor and plant in such a diverse context with varying traditions and viewpoints? In this episode, Dhati Lewis interviews Kesavan Balasingham, lead pastor of Fellowship Park in Rouge, Toronto, to talk about the historical ethnic tensions in Canada and how their church has continued to make disciples in a multi-ethnic city and church. Want to learn more about how your church can have candid conversations about race, ethnicity and our present cultural moment? Register for the watch-party style Send Network Gathering on August 20. Download Undivided: More than a Hashtag at undivided.net on August 20.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
SPECIAL EPISODE: Church planting in Brooklyn
This is a “Spouse Spotlight” episode with guest host, Jackie Taylor, a member of the Send Network Spouse Development team and Melinda Pacheco, church planting wife of Redemption Church in Brooklyn, New York. In this episode, Jackie and Melinda discuss how church planting has impacted her family, the blessing of the COVID-19 pandemic and what she wished she had known at the start of their church planting journey. Related Post: An Interview with Church Planting Wife Melinda Pacheco
22 minutes | 4 months ago
Raising up the next generation of church planters
What’s next? It’s a question we ask about ourselves, but have we asked it about the leaders we are leading? In this episode, Dhati Lewis sits down with Ed Kang, lead pastor of Gracepoint Church in Berkeley, California, to talk about how he leads and develops the next generation of church planters.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
The promised land of a permanent church building
Many church planters look to the promised land of a permanent building, but Mark Lee — lead pastor of Vantage Point Church in Eastvale, California — challenges planters to see their building as a tool and not necessarily the end goal. In this episode, Mark Lee and Dhati Lewis discuss Mark’s church’s move from a portable church structure to a permanent one and the number one reason he recently joined Send Network. This episode is a recording from the Send Network Gathering in Phoenix, Arizona. Watch content from previous Send Network Gatherings at SendNetworkGathering.com. Register for the next virtual Send Network Gathering August 20 at 1 p.m. EDT as we release an all-new resource, Undivided: More Than a Hashtag.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
Planting A Church or Starting A Church?
Church planter, are you seeking to plant a church or start a worship service? In this episode, Dhati Lewis interviews Chris and Libby Phillips— planting couple of Journey Point Church in Denver, Colorado—to talk about the difference between planting a church and starting a church and what it means to be for the city, and not just in the city.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
How to plant God’s Church, not yours
Whose church are you planting — God’s Church or your church? In this episode Rob Wilton, lead pastor of Vintage Church Pittsburg, shares four ways to help you ensure you’re planting God’s Church and not just your church. This episode is an excerpt from the May 21 virtual Send Network Gathering. Watch content from previous Send Network Gatherings at SendNetworkGathering.com. Register for the next virtual Send Network Gathering on August 20 at 1 p.m. EDT as we release an all-new resource, Undivided: More Than a Hashtag.
19 minutes | 5 months ago
Your next church planter is in your church
Every member in your church is your next potential church planter or church planting team member. This week, Dhati Lewis sits down with Brian Bowman, lead pastor of Valley Life Church in Phoenix, Arizona, to talk about how his church has raised up missional leaders from within their congregation to plant churches in metro Phoenix. Related Article: 5 ways to generate vision and passion for church planting by Garth Leno
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