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Category: Church Planting

Essentials for a Vertical Church

March 22, 2017

What would make your list of essentials for a vertical church? Here are four things to consider: Praying for God’s manifest presence… Isaiah 64:1 Faithfulness where God has placed you… Psalm 37:3 Generosity that leads to increase… Proverbs 11:24 Investing in life-on-life discipleship… 2 Timothy 2:2 Take a few minutes to watch and listen in …


4 Insights for Greater Fruit-Bearing

February 03, 2017

Whether you’re a young church planter walking by faith, or a mature pastor experiencing the blessing of God’s favor—wherever you are on the spectrum of pastoral ministry, I hope these insights will help you bear more fruit for His kingdom. Take a few minutes to listen in on my parting conversations with four men from our Harvest Training Center—all gifted and …


4 Tips for Your Preaching Ministry

January 26, 2017

From elevating the importance of prayer, to ‘pounding one nail’—here are four more ministry tips for church planting pastors. Watch these clips with a few of our most recent Harvest Training Center graduates, who are planting or serving at vertical churches in North America and around the world.


4 Tips for Church Planting Pastors

December 27, 2016

“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 Planting ‘church-planting churches’ is our most important next generation work. This past fall, I and other pastors in Harvest Bible Fellowship had the privilege and opportunity to …


A Shot in the Arm (and 5 Other Things)

October 15, 2015

Time to freshen up the blog, as we bring our busy fall ministry launch season to a close. Here are just a few touch points, to connect my heart with yours and get current . . . • HARVEST TRAINING CENTER FOR CHURCH PLANTING Love, love, love the men who have come with their families …


5 Essential Yet Neglected Pastoral Duties

November 13, 2014

Watch this first. 🙂 5 Essential Yet Neglected Pastoral Duties Why did you get into ministry? Why did you become a pastor? For most of us, the answer would be a combination of a calling to preach the Word, love people, and spread the gospel. These are the things that are rooted deep in our …


#HarvestU2014: Pursuing Christ’s Promise

October 21, 2014

Harvest University, our annual ministry training conference, is happening right now. Some 2200 pastors and leaders have gathered from churches around the world for three days of intense training, equipping, and encouragement. I am so grateful for our church planting ministry, Harvest Bible Fellowship, and the awesome work of God that continues in our 15th …


God’s Fingerprints Are All Over This

October 23, 2013

Incredibly blessed to host Harvest University at our church this week, with more than 2000 church plant and ministry leaders from 15 countries around the world.


Catching Up

October 08, 2013

So many great things are going on these days, and I pray you are blessed in your service to Christ and His church as well. Just to give you a sense of where my heart is at today…


The Ministry Pattern You Need to Know

September 11, 2012

Every minister of the Gospel that I’ve known who bears fruit has encountered opposition. I have encountered it. And if you’re committed to the unapologetic preaching of the Word of God for the rest of your life, opposition is coming. “Through many tribulations we enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).


Going Vertical at #HarvestU

April 23, 2012

Today kicks off Harvest University, our annual church planting conference. Right NOW we’re gathered with a packed house of 2000 pastors and ministry leaders from Harvest Bible Chapels around the world


Things I Would Change If I Could

January 03, 2012

One more video from the Q and A sessions at the Preach the Word Conference. I trust that you’ll find this content as helpful and hilarious as I did. And I hope you make it a priority to be in a church where


The Mission of Missions is the Church

May 10, 2011

We’re full swing into Harvest University–2.5 days of intensive ministry equipping. There are more than 1500 pastors and church leaders here from across North America and around the world. Tonight, we will


Ten Churches in Ten Years

March 23, 2010

I have often said that healthy things grow. And back in 1999, Harvest Bible Chapel was really growing. So instead of continuing to add more services, the other Elders of the church and I believed that God gave us a vision to plant 10 churches in 10 years. At the time, that seemed almost unimaginable. …


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