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Does Church Membership Really Matter?

In the past, some churches have been guilty of extracting from their people without giving much in return. As a result, many churches today don’t ask for anything.

Can church membership, done right, be a solution to those extremes? That’s the topic of discussion in this episode, featuring Allen Duty.

Why Losing Worship Means Losing Everything

Around the 5-7 year mark in the life of a church, there is an alarming tendency towards apathy.

In this episode, Timothy Stewart from Reflect Church in Elk Grove, CA talks about his recent chapter of apathy and how a simple revelation turned it all around earlier this year.

Detrimental Heart Motives for Church Planting

There are a lot of great reasons to plant a church—but also plenty of reasons not to.

In this episode, Joel Webbon talks about the tendency of young men to plant churches to gain approval or prove themselves, and to plant as a reaction rather than a call.

Weakness: A New Seat of Leadership

Millennials have no patience for “holy” pastors. If you aren’t appropriately transparent, they’ll sniff it out right away.

Hear Chuck’s wisdom on how much to share from the stage and, more importantly, why you should share it in the first place.

How to Plan an Entire Year of Sermons in 3 Hours

With the new year approaching, you have a choice: plan your year ahead of time or scramble week-to-week.

Listen in to hear how Justin Fordinal from BridgePoint Community Church in Cypress, TX planned out his entire 2016 year and how it could save you a ton of headaches too.

Are You Leading Your Church With Vision or Anti-Vision?

In this episode, Mark Southtalks with the Kenny & James about “vision vs. anti-vision” in church planting motivations.

One is God-given and comes from love; the other comes from rivalry and a “hero complex.”

He also shared five awesome questions to help planters assess their church planting motivations.

When is it Time to Restructure Your Church’s Leadership?

True gospel-centrality, and the right approach to leadership, can breathe life into a church.

Jay Mathis was the lone pastor of a small church in Waco, but when he put a mantle of leadership on other men, trusting them to share in his control, the church turned a corner.

How to Replant an Established Church

After the church’s founding pastor left to plant another church, Chris Rich was suddenly in the position of lead pastor at Damascus Road Church in Marysville, WA.

Hear how Chris had to change his view of the church from “established” to “replanted.”

How Every Church Planter Can Avoid Burnout

The typical church planter is tenacious, zealous, and energetic. These qualities help get the church off the ground—but they also lead to burnout.

Listen in to hear how Danny handled a personal and spiritual collapse that brought his faith to the brink and back again.

What is Plant Better Podcast?

What is Plant Better? We’re glad you asked.

In this first episode, James & Kenny explain why they launched the show, the format of each episode, and 3 reasons church planters should listen.

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