Here’s How to Plant a Church as an Introvert

You can do this.

It’s amazing to plant new churches, and Anglicans actively seek more of it.

“But”—you might say—“I’m an introvert.”

Me too.

And I want to think with you about being an introvert and a church planter, with help from a few others who are like us. Whether you’re a pastor or a lay leader, please take a large eraser and clear […]

By |2020-01-02T13:33:51-06:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |4 Comments

Real Presence: Reclaiming the Legacy of Anglo-Catholic Church Planting

When it comes to Anglican church planting, we often think of modern evangelical or charismatic examples such as Holy Trinity Brompton in London. But what about the Anglo-Catholic movement that has its roots in the “Oxford Movement” of the nineteenth century?

Are Anglo-Catholic Church Planters a Thing?

Let’s be honest, when you hear think of the Oxford Movement and Anglo-Catholicism, mission and […]

By |2019-11-05T13:46:19-06:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Barista, Priest, and Planter

Last week I posted some thoughts about the cost of church planting. I also included a You Tube video interview with Alex Wilgus, of the Greenhouse Movement.  Alex helped us see how the funding of a church plant can be ‘raised’ through deputation; praying for support and asking friends and family […]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:13-06:00August 1st, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The First Question to Ask Before You Ask!

Note:  All my life I have had to ask for money…and in the back of my mind has been a reluctance.  A guilt. How could I?  I’m taking away from them! But Alex Wilgus clears this up in the first few minutes of this video below. Simple wisdom.

One of the great challenges for […]

Formal Liturgy and the Church Plant – RezAustin, Pt. 2

LeaderWorks Image The Rev. Canon David Roseberry is Executive Director of LeaderWorks

I posted a video last week of Fr. Shawn McCain of RezAustin. This is part of an ongoing series at LeaderWorks to showcase some of the talent and ministry leaders in our Anglican Church in North American. (Shawn is with […]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:57-06:00March 22nd, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

WATCH: Part 2 – A Call to Plant a Church

A week ago I added a blog post featuring Shawn McCain and his church plant in Austin. He spoke about the vision he has for RezAustin and what it is like to work in a start-up church plant. As I mentioned in the post, Shawn is a great thinker. He is also, humble and clear in his views.

Part 2:

WATCH: A Call to Plant a Church

A week or so ago I had the chance to sit with one of the church planters in our diocese (C4SO) from the Austin area. Shawn is one of a growing number of young leaders that have sensed a strong call to ministry in the Anglican Church in North America. However, […]

Why Common Sense Fails Us in Leading a Church or Church Plant

Someone is starting a church plant, but has no special training, experience or study in church planting. They’re planning to just gather a group for prayer and worship, and see what happens. Often that’s exactly what they’ve been told to do.

These are priests who have been trained in the Bible, theology, preaching, pastoral ministry –but not church planting. They are trusting […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:17-05:00August 16th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The “Mere Church”

Three decades ago, church planting was hailed as the single most effective form of evangelism. The expert in this field was Dr. C. Peter Wagner of Fuller.  His statement is legendary: “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.” 

There are LOTS of other evangelistic methods for reaching non-believing people: outreach programs, visitation campaign, public […]

By |2019-03-08T15:00:35-06:00July 14th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

You Might Be A Church Planter If…

(From the author’s blog at LeaderWorks)

A seminarian wrote me about a possible call from God to plant a church. He was excited to ask about his potential…what it would take and how he should prepare to undertake the task. He asked, “How could I know if I am a church planter?”

I could not help thinking about how Jeff Foxworthy might handle this moment…

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Sacramental Imagination for Church Planting

“Does the Eucharist setup your chairs?” Brainstorming about sacraments and mission in Southern California, a friend of mine asked me this rather cheeky question. We were exploring what it meant to plant churches sacramentally. That is, not just starting new churches that celebrate sacraments, but what it means to start new churches in a sacramental […]

By |2020-05-20T11:11:59-05:00April 14th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , |2 Comments

Want Your Church to Grow?

So you want your church to grow, do you? 

Listen, I get it, every pastor wants their church to grow. And it’s not just selfish ambition, although there will always be some of that. On our best days, we know the hard work we put into preaching and pastoral care, in equipping our people to serve in […]

Liturgical Church is Weird For People Here…and That’s a Good Thing

New Guest Writer, Fr. Gary Ball Gary Ball

Is it possible to plant a liturgical church? This is a question I had to ask myself just over a year ago as we began our effort to plant an Anglican church in Asheville, North Carolina. I had to evaluate whether I was forcing what I valued […]

By |2016-02-04T07:14:38-06:00February 4th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |4 Comments

Story of a Multicultural Church Plant

With over 337 languages, the United States has become one of the most multicultural and multilingual nations on earth.

To meet the challenge, the Anglican Church in North America has embraced a broad range of individuals who are carrying out the church planting mission. Through this diversity, one can see that one size does not fit all and one model cannot […]

By |2015-12-16T07:48:42-06:00December 16th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why the Parish?

Many people coming to Anglicanism from other Christian traditions are surprised by the use of the term parish. They had always referred to their church as simply “church” or “congregation.” But now, this word parish is used. What is a parish? It it different? And if so, how? And why?

Let’s lay out two understandings of what defines a parish. The first is a canonical designation, […]

By |2015-10-01T09:31:48-05:00October 1st, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Introducing The Sacramental Imagination

Our church plant’s first major purchase was a chalice. Why?

The Eucharist is Christianity’s first and ultimate church planting strategy. It’s not just a sentimental moment to recall our Lord’s sacrifice. The Holy Eucharist is the celebration and realization of God reconciling all things through Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:19, Col 1:20). If this is true, then our […]

By |2019-01-04T22:42:25-06:00September 30th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Why We Plant 3: Mission

“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” John 20:21

In many missionary circles it is often said: “The Church doesn’t have a mission. God has a mission. And His mission has a Church.” Quite right! God the Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord was sent into this world by the […]

By |2015-06-08T16:13:35-05:00June 10th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why Plant Churches Part 2: Worship

“…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)

There are many ideas prevalent today as to just what a church should do. Some will say that the Church […]

By |2015-05-20T16:44:45-05:00May 21st, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why Plant More Churches?

Part One: Our World Needs More Churches

We live in the midst of one of the greatest mission fields the Church has ever seen. In North America today, there are almost 160 million unchurched and unreached people. We are reaching a point at which American Christians have a greater opportunity for mission staying exactly where they are than heading overseas. The Barna […]

By |2015-07-28T13:00:18-05:00May 12th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments