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Tough Church Planting Podcast: Church Planters | Pastors | Ministry | Family | Preaching | Theology
42 minutes | Jul 17, 2015
TCP 014: Technology in Church Planting
Summary Daniel Savage and I talk about the problems of lack of resources, lack of space, and geographic/distance issues in starting a church. We look at the usage of technology in working through those issues and how technology can enhance many areas of church planting without breaking the bank. Links Facebook Twitter Instagram Google Voice Edutige mic Google Drive Dropbox Trello Planning Center Mailchimp Canva Uprinting Ooshirts Topics Usage of the internet Websites Social media Google voice Videos Announcement videos Sermon videos Equipment Free phone numbers Utilizing a mobile office
42 minutes | Jul 1, 2015
TCP 013: Importance of Theology in the Church With Jay Adkins
Summary On this podcast, I interview Jay Adkins, an old friend and mentor from New Orleans. I used to serve on staff with Jay in New Orleans when Lindsay and I lived there. He has single-handedly impacted my theology and who I am as a pastor more than any other person. He is currently working on a PhD at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. We talk about the importance of theology in the local church and how it affects just about everything from discipleship to the way we live and act. It’s foundational and extremely important. Links Crescent Crier – Jay’s personal blog Grasping God’s Word Spiritual Disciplines Christian Theology Evangelical Dictionary of Theology Topics Orthodoxy vs. orthopraxy Why some pastors see theology in a negative light Some of the doctrines the church has neglected Practical ways the church can teach better theology Advice to young pastors and church planters Check out our podcast on iTunes or listen to it here!
37 minutes | Jun 25, 2015
TCP 012: Out of Balance Discipleship Strategies
Summary In this episode, Daniel Savage and I have a conversation on what an in-balance discipleship strategy looks like. We look at the making disciples mandate from Matt 28:18-20 and we discuss the three aspects of making disciples: going, baptizing, and teaching. Links Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson (Affiliate Link) Topics Going and intentional environments People over programs Evangelism Gospel demonstration as an apologetic for our proclamation The local church is the centerpoint for church discipleship Bible knowledge and Bible application Mentoring Replicating and multiplying disciples Listen to the podcast here or subscribe on iTunes!
50 minutes | Jun 17, 2015
TCP 011: Roles and Struggles of a Church Planter’s Wife
Summary Today, I’ll interview Lindsay Wood, my wife on the roles and struggles of being a church planter’s wife. Too many times, there is no transparency in the world of ministry when it comes to church planting. Everybody wants to share their successes and celebrations, but they will hardly share with you reality. Lindsay and I talk about marriage, kids, roles, expectations, and a lot of other things related to that. Links Redemption Church The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts (affiliate link) Shepherding a Child’s Heart (affiliate link) Topics Story of me and Lindsay and feeling called to start Redemption Church Expectations on church planter’s wives The myth of the stereotypical pastor’s wife Nurturing a healthy marriage Struggles of being a pastor’s wife Struggles of raising kids in the church Listen to the audio here!
46 minutes | Jun 10, 2015
TCP 010: Solving the Volunteer Shortage Crisis
Summary Daniel Savage and I take some time and discuss the problem of the 80/20 rule or the 90/10 rule that 20% of the people do 80% of the work. There is always way more ministry needs than there are people, so how does a church find all the people it needs to do the work necessary? We discuss why having numerous volunteers is important, and we also give some practical tips on ways to do that. Links Redemption Church Planning Center Online Worship Planning Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples (Affiliate Link) Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership (Affiliate Link) Topics Discussed 80/20 problem The “Linchpin Problem” Simple programming Simple volunteer structure The need for many volunteers Volunteers on rotation Volunteer burnout Volunteer job descriptions and expectations Multiplying volunteers UPDATED – Here’s the iTunes link! Having some technical difficulties with the podcast player. We’ll try to have this set up for next time.
59 minutes | Jun 3, 2015
TCP 009: Advantages to Expositional Preaching
Summary Kenny Montano is the pastor of Roy Bible Church in Roy, Utah. Kenny is a good friend and is one of the best guys I know when it comes to the topic of expositional preaching. He always has a wealth of information, and every time we talk, the conversation never dries up. In fact, we were going to talk about preaching and pastors, but we only got to the preaching part. So, this is kind of a part I with part II coming soon. Links Roy Bible Church Liberate 9 Marks Spurgeon Sermons Monergism Preparing Expository Sermons: A Seven-Step Method for Biblical Preaching (Affiliate Link) Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon (Affiliate Link) Preaching: A Biblical Theology (Affiliate Link) The Supremacy of God in Preaching (Affiliate Link) Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching (Affiliate Link) Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century (Affiliate Link) Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching (Affiliate Link) Topics A case for expositional preaching over other types of preaching The goal of preaching Including the Gospel in every sermon including the Old Testament Dealing with tough passages and tough issues Ways for a pastor to improve his preaching ministry
48 minutes | May 27, 2015
TCP 008: What Makes a Good Church Planter with Travis Kerns
Summary Travis Kerns is the Send Salt Lake City Coordinator for the North American Mission Board (NAMB), the Southern Baptist church planting arm of the SBC. He helps recruit church planters, find partnering churches for the area, and strategy for the whole area. We’ll be talking about what makes a good church planter with a bad planter and the importance of being skilled in evangelism and discipleship. Links Send Salt Lake City North American Mission Board (NAMB) Mobilize Me Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Topics Planting in Salt Lake City Good church planters Problems with bad church planters Importance of evangelism and discipleship Church planting being the “cool thing” in ministry Types of skills every church planter needs to have Church planter and partnering team How do you know if church planting is for you?
51 minutes | May 20, 2015
TCP 007: Fundraising Without Being Awkward With Tim Milner
Summary Tim Milner is a church planter in Huntsville, Alabama. He’s leaving a great church in San Francisco called Epic Church that he helped to plant in the last few years. Tim has a wealth of knowledge in the area of fundraising and launching a church. Tim was a huge help to me and a big inspiration for starting Tough Church Planting. Topics Fundraising Building a church planting a budget Not basing financial decisions based on fear How to ask for money and it not be awkward Partners to help fund the vision Planting in urban environments in southern citiesLaunch plans Preview services Organizing your daily routine Reminding yourself of the vision Finding space to meet Links Epic Church Essential Church (essentialhsv.com) Tim Mlilner Contact – Tim@essentialhsv.com Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t Deep and Wide Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church
53 minutes | May 13, 2015
TCP 006: Good Design Reflects Identity
Summary We’re talking good design with Marcus Williamson on this podcast. Marcus has served on staff at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC, the Send Network, and the BCM at the University of South Carolina. He also does design work in the secular world for Riggs Partners. He’s had a diverse background and experience and is one of the most creative and fresh designers I know. I’m usually blown away by the stuff he comes out with. If you’re looking for fresh ideas or inspiration, look him up! Links Midtown Fellowship Riggs Partners Send Network Designspiration Squarespace Behance SkillShare Clover Marcus on Behance Marcus on Twitter The Grid Topics We Discuss Good design How God turned childhood hobby into a ministry building profession Self-taught design Flyer design Designing through team Book design Logo design Web design Stage design Paying for good design work Design reflects identity
40 minutes | May 6, 2015
TCP 005: Urban Environments, Changing Job Titles, and Understanding Your City
Summary Andy is one of the pastors at The Summit and is responsible for the discipleship and counseling of our members. He and his wife, Angela, live in the Cole neighborhood and have two children, Raleigh and Elliot. They love bicycling thru the city and spending time with their neighbors. Andy and I went to college together at the University of South Carolina. Andy moved out to Denver several years ago to help plant Summit Church. Andy has a huge insight into church planting, growing a team, and a lot of the issues related to church planting. Links Summit Church Denver The Prodigal God (Affiliate Link) Counterfeit Gods (Affiliate Link) Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (Affiliate Link) Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Affiliate Link) Life Together (Affiliate Link) Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature (Affiliate Link) Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature (Affiliate Link) The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business (Affiliate Link) Topics Planting churches in urban environments Changing job titles and wearing many hats in church planting How space changes as ministry needs change The city of Denver is more than flannel shirts and hipster beards Understanding the real demographics of your community Environments with a lot of brokenness require a lot of hands-on ministry Rarity of launching large in downtown environments Expectations of church planting Church as a family Importance of reading the Bible above anything else
47 minutes | Apr 29, 2015
TCP 004: Churches that Impact Their Community With Ricky Garza
Ricky Garza grew up in Vista, California, and when God placed on his heart to plant a church, they decided to plant right where he was from. Vista has a huge need for Gospel-centered churches with only a fraction of the population that identifies with evangelical Christianity. Vista is an older town that sits right outside of San Diego and is packed in with houses and lots of people. Because of the space issues and wanting to plant churches that impact their community Ricky and his team made in-roads into the local elementary school where they impact the school through whatever ways they can. Links Gospel City Church LAUNCH (Now The MULTIPLY GROUP) On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work (Affiliate Link) What Every Pastor Should Know (Affiliate Link) Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement (Affiliate Link) Church in the Making (Affiliate Link) Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Affiliate Link) Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Affiliate Link) Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page (Affiliate Link) Topics Planting in cool city or one you know well Seeing a city through missional eyes Challenges of planting a church in a religious environment Allowing the mission to create new opportunities with space challenges Neighborhood churches Watching a planter’s expectations One of the biggest mistakes a church planter makes Funding and being a good steward
47 minutes | Apr 22, 2015
TCP 003: Joining a Church Planting Team With Daniel Savage
Daniel Savage is the associate pastor at Redemption Church in Ogden, Utah. He is also a huge contributor to Tough Church Planting who handles the production of the Tough Church Planting Podcast. He previously has served at an established church setting outside of New Orleans but has recently moved to Ogden to help the church. Many times, the call to church planting usually is about the lead church planter, but there isn’t a whole lot on joining an existing team. We talk today about joining a church planting team and how to discern God’s call and not let your desire to do something new trump what the Holy Spirit is doing. Following God’s call to join a work that is just getting started doesn’t carry many benefits other than knowing you are glorifying God in what you are doing. That means you may be far away from your family, you won’t have a well-paying job, and it’ll be hard work. This podcast is great for those who are team members, lead planters looking for team members, and others who want to know how they can contribute to a church plant. Links: Redemption Church SEND Salt Lake City Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community by Ed Stetzer (Affiliate link) Follow Daniel Savage on Twitter Daniel Savage Support Page Topics We Discuss: What if you’re not called to be a lead church planter but you want to help a church plant? Joining a planting team Leaving behind family Worship ministry in a church plant How do you know if you’re called? Finances for a team member Bivocational ministry
53 minutes | Apr 14, 2015
TCP 002: JC Groves and Multi Site Church Campus Planting
Today, we interview JC Groves, campus pastor of the Ringgold campus at Rockbridge Church. JC and I talk about multi site churches and, more specifically, launching a campus. JC was a youth pastor in Salt Lake City before he took the call to work for Rockbridge Church. They started with a core team of people that were already connected to Rockbridge Church but were driving a good distance to get to the main campus. JC took that core and launched the Ringgold campus. We discuss his launch plan, and we discuss the ecclesiological issues that arise when talking about multi site. For example, is the whole multi site church the church or is the campus the church? It was a great episode. Even if you disagree with the philosophy, JC has some great stuff for anyone whether you’re a multi site person or not. Check it out! Links Rockbridge Church JC Groves Blog A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip: Exploring the New Normal by Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, and Warren Bird (Affiliate Link) The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being One Church in Many Locations by Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, and Warren Bird (Affiliate Link) Multi-Site Churches: Guidance for the Movement’s Next Generation by Scott McConnell (Affiliate Link) The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (Affiliate Link) Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek (Affiliate Link) Topics We Discuss The nuts and bolts of multi site church Launching a campus Ecclesiology of multi site church and their campuses What a good campus pastor looks like Harnessing social media the right way
58 minutes | Apr 14, 2015
TCP 001: Church Planting in Salt Lake City with Brian Catherman and Redeeming Life Church
Summary Brian Catherman is a church planter in the Rose Park area of Salt Lake City. He’s about to launch May 3 in a Rec Center. Please keep he, Redeeming Life Church, and their leadership team in your prayers as they begin. On this episode, Brian shares an honest look of church planting and the process he’s been in to see Redeeming Life Church launched. We talk about various ways to do evangelism, discipleship, finding a solid partnering church, and how you find your identity in the midst of a lot of chaos. Links Redeeming Life Church – Church website Salty Believer – Brian’s blog and podcast Concentric Circles of Concern: Seven Stages for Making Disciples by W. Oscar Thompson (Affiliate link) Seasons of a Leader’s Life by Jeff Iorg (Affiliate link) Subjects we discuss: Discipleship Evangelism A Planter’s Identity What to do if you’re wrestling with church planting? Building the right team What to do with those who don’t see eye to eye with you on vision Focusing like a sniper
7 minutes | Apr 14, 2015
TCP 000: Welcome to Tough Church Planting Podcast
Summary Welcome to the Tough Church Planting Podcast! This has been a huge learning curve, but we are very excited to have this up and running. Special thanks to Daniel Savage for editing the podcast and finding the music and Allen Flood for the voiceover. Our podcast is going to be about any topic related to church planting. That includes family, strategy, evangelism, discipleship, finances, fundraising, preaching, etc. If you really want to help us, please swing over to iTunes, subscribe to Tough Church Planting, and give us a rating and a review. Also, if there are specific topics that you’re interested in, please let us know. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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