Today’s resource roundup features a piece from Joel Brooks that'll make you consider whether you're planting a church or merely a service, and includes articles on avoiding ministry burnout, the basics of branding, creating a culture of hospitality, reasons for implementing a service review rhythm, and an interesting concept for a live worship record.
God thinks food is a good thing. So does Ronnie Martin. Each week, after Sunday services, Ronnie invites those present to a feast, something he’s been doing since the day he planted Substance Church. According to Ronnie, the Sunday feast at Substance isn’t anything extravagant, but it does represent something bigger than itself. It serves as a window into a new world, a new kingdom. The meal is a tangible occasion for welcoming one another in hospitality, extending generous grace, and fostering true community.
This intrigued me, so I asked Ronnie to explain a bit about why he’s woven this practice into the rhythm of Substance. This is that conversation.
We have a new padlock on the gate to our church building in downtown Birmingham. The old one was somehow misplaced, and that, in large part, was what led to our 24’ trailer getting stolen just two days before we were set to launch services in our new facility. That may not seem like such a big deal (that’s what insurance is for, right?), but the problem was that all of our sound and kids equipment had yet to be moved into the building from said trailer, meaning that we had less than 48 hours to come up with a lot of stuff or launch Sunday was a no-go!
For those who desire to help instruct and inspire your congregation for city-reaching, here is a biblical theology of the city, a list of 13 passages to help you in creating a sermon series on the city, 5 questions crucial to learning your city, and a community group discussion guide that coincides with my previous post on developing and preaching a theology of the city. Use the guide, share it with your friends, and go love the neighbors in your city for Christ' sake!
In order to contextualize the gospel to your city, you need to know your city. These five questions, illustrated by Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY, can help you become more familiar with your city as you seek to bring the gospel to it.
As part of our mission to help pastors plant churches that last, we've asked Jeremiah Taylor, the lead pastor of Redemption Church Miami, to share his reflections on the video below. This video was filmed two years ago, after he and his wife Lauren moved to Miami to plant a gospel-centered church in the community of Little Haiti. They knew practically no one upon arriving, but since that time, God has brought many people into their path who also want to see a church planted in the inner-city!