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I've written an article for that cautions against planting or pastoring a church in your head. I'm talking about the danger of adopting a model of church without giving proper consideration to the people and culture God is sending you to plant or pastor. In short, we need a... Continue reading
Reblogged May 21, 2010 at New Wave Network
The mission filed has come to us. Millions of people from a diverse background of countries and cultures make up the tapestry of Florida. Today, Florida cities are growing with the complexities of urban and ethnic expansion. With more that one of three people living in Florida being non-white, reaching... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at New Wave Network
What: Starting 20 new churches by 2020 - Launching 5 new churches on October 2, 2011 Where: In the State of Florida When: Now! Who: New Wave Network - A church multiplication initiative of the Classis of Florida/Reformed Church in America How: Catching a God-initiated wave in recruiting and raising... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at New Wave Network
Harbor Network is now following Nextwaveleaders
Apr 16, 2010
Harbor Network is now following Churchmomentum
Apr 16, 2010
Harbor Network is now following Tomelenbaas
Apr 16, 2010
Harbor Network is now following Dr. Dave DeVries
Apr 16, 2010
Tom Elenbaas and I are attending the North American Network conference in Miami with Dr. Tim Keller, the staff of Redeemer City to City, and representatives from a number of church multiplication networks from around the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Often the question of church planting vs. revitalization comes up. "Why plant new churches when there are so many to revitalize?" or "In these tough economic times, we need to care for the poor and hurting rather than plant new churches." Al Barth from Redeemer City to City put it well yesterday when he said: "Church planting is the point... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Harbor Network
We tried to create a standard for measuring a church multiplication movement. We define it as when a movement of churches has a 50% reproduction rate each year with 50% of the people coming to the new churches as new converts and then seeing that pattern through the third year. In other words, if one year there were 100 churches, the next year there'd be 150 churches and half of the new people in those churches would be new converts and that goes on for at least three years. We consider that to be a church multiplication movement. via Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at Harbor Network
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Reblogged Mar 19, 2010 at Harbor Network
Reblogged Mar 19, 2010 at Harbor Network
It's natural. It's normal. It's essential. And we all know how to do it. But somewhere along the way, church reproduction and multiplication became unusual or strange in North America. And I am not happy about it. via Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at Harbor Network
Just came across this blog post from Tim Keller from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. I have included his fourth point here...the full post can be read at We must develop a far better theology of suffering. Members of churches in the west are caught absolutely flat-footed by suffering and difficulty. This is a major problem, especially if we are facing greater 'liminality'--social marginalization--and maybe more economic and social instability. There are a great number of books on 'why does God allow evil?' but they mainly are aimed at getting God off the hook with impatient western people who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at Harbor Network
Harbor Network is now following Mark Waltz
Feb 13, 2010
By 2008, suburbs were home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country. Between 2000 and 2008, suburbs in the country’s largest metro areas saw their poor population grow by 25 percent—almost five times faster than primary cities and well ahead of the growth seen in smaller metro areas and non-metropolitan communities. As a result, by 2008 large suburbs were home to 1.5 million more poor than their primary cities and housed almost one-third of the nation’s poor overall. Midwestern cities and suburbs experienced by far the largest poverty rate increases over the decade. Led by increasing poverty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Harbor Network
Top Ten Things that Everyone Needs to Know About Church Planting at Fair Haven: 1. Rock Harbor is about to launch weekly worship on February 14, 2010 under the direction of Campus Pastor Louis Ford, this new worship venue is designed for people who are looking to connect to God and each other in a welcoming and high energy environment, while being challenged to commit their lives to Christ and his body the church resulting in life change and the opportunity to live and work as world changers. This Connect. Commit. Change. strategy is the DNA of church multiplication that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Harbor Network
Harbor Network added a favorite at my cup of tea
Jan 29, 2010
What: Our hope is to see the work of Jesus Christ in life transformation through the ministry of the local church. We hope to inspire, equip, empower, resource, challenge, and encourage you as you lead in your area of ministry. via Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2010 at Harbor Network
At this time, Fair Haven Ministries is primarily responding to the crisis in Haiti in two ways: financial gifts and the provision of hygiene kits. On Sunday, January 17, Fair Haven received $14,343.30 in a special relief offering and assembled 678 hygiene kits in an effort to provide immediate assistance. via Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Harbor Network
I was facing a room full of reporters in a Religion Newswriters Association session at the Washington Post building in D.C. They had invited me to explain the difference between good religious research and bad. It's a real problem. News reports are always batting around some new bit of bad research. And sometimes a snippet from good research gets pulled out of context, then mangled, garbled, and spewed all over. via Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Harbor Network
Recently Redeemer was featured prominently in a USA Today article about multi-site churches. Outside of the fact that Redeemer doesn't 'do video,' the differences between our approach and others were not referred to. And in much discussion on line after the article, it was clear that all multi-site churches were being Lumped Together. Just for the sake of clarity, it might be helpful to know these facts about why and how Redeemer does the multi-site.1. First, we did not go to multi-site because it was more economical or efficient for us. When we began meeting at multiple sites ten years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Harbor Network
Fasten your seat belt, friend, because this is the most high powered approach we have. I do not know anything that works better than giving Friday nights to Jesus. Giving Friday nights to Jesus will reach more people in less time than any method I know. In fact, if you give Friday nights to Jesus and your class does not double in two years or less, it probably can't be done. via Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at Harbor Network