Should a Missionary Start with a Man or a Ministry?

If you’ve never listened to Pastor and Missionary Austin Gardner’s podcast, sample a recent one called “Man or Ministry“.  It will be worth your time! Week after week, this podcast will teach you more about church planting, leader training, culture adaptation, and much more.  Also, you’ll hear encouraging interviews from other missionaries from around the world. Help […]

Repost: Twenty Questions for Potential Church Planters

source Every person that considers church planting asks the question, Am I a Church Planter? It is the question I asked myself before planting a church. It is the question assessors ask every candidate who submits himself to an assessment process to be a lead planter in a network or denomination. Churches that have a desire to […]

Leadership With Vision Podcast

My pastor, Austin Gardner, has started a brand new podcast called “Leadership With Vision.”  In this podcast, he shares some very helpful truths about leadership, missions, evangelism, discipleship, church-planting, and training others.  The first three episodes are about: Cross Cultural Relations, Training Leaders, and Leading Softly. All of these have been a great help to me, and […]

Book Review: Planting Growing Churches by Aubrey Malphurs

One of the most thorough books on church planting I have ever read is Aubrey Malphurs book Planting Growing Churches. Reasons why I like his book: It gives a comprehensive look at the church planting process from the preparation stage to the reproduction stage of another church. It has a good balance of general principles […]

Book Review: Missionary Methods by Roland Allen

  I just finished reading Missionary Methods by Roland Allen.  This was a book that my pastor recommended to me a long time ago, but I just finished it.  I really enjoyed the book, especially because there are many helpful insights into how Paul was able to establish indigenous churches in such a short amount […]

Comparing the Church Planter to the Leader Trainer

This article was written by my pastor, Austin Gardner, several years ago.  As a church-planting missionary, this article has some very important truths for me and other missionaries to consider.   God greatly used my pastor when He went to Peru as a missionary, and I think that following this method had a lot to […]

Free Audio Teaching about Church Planting

I have been listening to some great audio from a Church Planting Conference that was hosted at our home church with Bro. Earl Jessup.  You can listen to all the teaching free on Sermon Audio at this link here. There is great material from Bro. Jessup and other international church planters.  If you are a […]

Church Planting Seminar – Atlanta, GA (3-4 November)

  Our home church is hosting a church planting seminar absolutely free of charge on November 3-4!  If you are a church planter, pastor, missionary, in full time-ministry, considering church planting, or just want to be learn more about and b involved in church planting, I want to encourage you to attend this event.  Dr. […]

The Fickle Crowd vs The Faithful Church

Acts 14:18-23 “And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about […]

Missionary Mistakes

A very good friend of mine, Jeff Bush, is a church planting missionary to Argentina.  God has greatly used him there to start two church, see many souls get saved, and a Bible insitute started.   I met Jeff my first day at Crown College.  He had just returned from seven months in Peru and […]