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3 Character Traits Every Church Planter Needs
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Bitter Enemies Reunited in Christ
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4 Lessons from My First 5 Years on the Field
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The 5 Best Books on Church Planting
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What We Get Wrong About Church Planting
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From Atheist Club Leader to Sunday Preacher
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‘We Don’t Want to be Heroes’: One Couple’s Church Planting Strategy
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Distrustful of Religion — but Not of Coffee [October Prayer Focus]
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Why the Church’s Future is Written in Spanish
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She Gave Up Her Parents — and She’s Not Sorry

3 Character Traits Every Church Planter Needs

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Over 30 years of planting churches, Jeff Ingram has learned three character traits every church planter needs. Today, he shares his keys to success!

So you’re thinking of planting a church? Perhaps you’re wondering whether you’ve got the right stuff. When my wife and I started planting churches in Europe in 1992, we didn’t know what all we were getting into. But along the way, we’ve learned some key character traits every church planter needs. Today, I’d like to describe just a few. Diligence  When we left for Europe in 1992, my dad had just started his own business — an auto-painting and body shop. I heard firsthand how much time, effort and money it cost him. I can assure you, he had to…

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Bitter Enemies Reunited in Christ

Julio and Libia sit together and study the Bible.
You would never guess that Julio and LIbia were once bitter enemies. Keep reading to see the amazing way God worked in their lives!

On Sunday mornings, Libia and Julio don’t look like anything special. Just two close friends worshiping God, maybe imagining their future together. You would never guess that this time last year, they wouldn’t speak to each other — much less be in the same room together. Or that they were bitter enemies for five long years. The fact that they happily sit together at church now? TEAM missionary Dawn Moore says it’s nothing short of a miracle.   Peruvian Couple Seeks Better Life in States Libia and Julio’s relationship was complicated from the beginning.  They both grew up in Peru as…

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4 Lessons from My First 5 Years on the Field

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Every missionary has to learn new cultures. But what if those cultural differences go deeper than you imagined? Learn about this and three other missionary lessons!

Recently, I celebrated the five-year anniversary of becoming a TEAM missionary in Taiwan. Each year has been quite different, with its own share of surprises, disappointments and small victories. Today, I’m sharing four missionary lessons I’ve learned along the way. 1. Metacultural differences in thinking can go deeper than we expect. Through years of cross-cultural learning and teamwork in Taiwan, I’ve realized I didn’t simply cross from one culture to another but moved into a whole different neighborhood of national and local cultures. It’s a different metacultural context. We generally understand cultural differences by taking the way we would think…

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The 5 Best Books on Church Planting

The 5 Best Books on Church Planting
There are hundreds of books on church planting, so how do you choose between them? One missionary gives his top five picks!

Most of us follow the same pattern when we want to learn about something before we do it: Hop on over to Amazon and we see what books are available. However, if you type “church planting” into the Amazon search bar, it spits back 845 different resources. If you don’t know much about church planting, it can be nearly impossible to decide where to begin. So, let me help! I’ve spent 5 years church planting Guatemala, and in my experience, these are the top five books every church planter should have on their shelf. 1. Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New…

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What We Get Wrong About Church Planting

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A TEAM missionaries shares insights on what church planting really means and what it looks like to harvest and bear Gospel-fruit.

Church planting has become cool again. Networks like City to City and Acts 29 are growing exponentially. There are church planting conferences and boot camps, and church planting books being written. Even This American Life, a famous podcast, did an episode about church planting. As a church planter in Guatemala, it’s exciting to see my personal passion receive so much attention. And yet, there are still some key misconceptions lingering about church planting. Maybe you remember the children’s rhyme: Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors, see all the people. From childhood, we learn to associate…

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From Atheist Club Leader to Sunday Preacher

former atheist now church leader
Joseph used to think he didn't need God. But when he started attending a local church plant, TEAM missionaries gave him a whole new perspective!

It was a typical growth group meeting with a simple assignment: Make a list of three people to pray for. But when TEAM church planter Kathy North heard her husband’s list, she couldn’t help but feel doubtful. There, at the top of David’s list, was Joseph. This was the guy who visited their growth group, was moved to tears, told them he’d be a regular — and then disappeared for three months. When he came back a second time, the same thing happened. And now they hadn’t seen him in half a year. “I thought, Why him? He hasn’t been…

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‘We Don’t Want to be Heroes’: One Couple’s Church Planting Strategy

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What does it take to be a church planter? Find out as one TEAM missionary couple shares their church planting strategy!

“The word that sticks in my mind is walls,” TEAM missionary David North told his wife, Kathy when they scouted out the location of their last church plant. “There are cement walls everywhere, it’s industrial, it’s dirty, it’s gray, but there are also spiritual walls.” When David and Kathy moved to the Filipino city of Mandaue they could feel an overwhelming darkness. But still, they moved. David and Kathy North have been church planters for over 20 years and have successfully planted several churches. They are champions for growing the Kingdom. But it hasn’t always been an easy road. Several times…

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Distrustful of Religion — but Not of Coffee [October Prayer Focus]

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Discipleship is made possible through global church plants. Discover how you can be praying for missionaries planting these churches around the world!

Raphael* had never felt so empty. He’d walked away from his Jehovah Witness faith. And now, he didn’t know how to find God. When Raphael noticed a new church in his French hometown, he felt drawn to it, but he wasn’t sure why. He passed by it several times, afraid to go in. He didn’t want to get sucked back into another false religion. Finally, he worked up the courage to step inside. TEAM missionaries Paul and Karan Davis were there to offer him a warm cup of coffee. As the three chatted, Raphael found himself opening up to them…

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Why the Church’s Future is Written in Spanish

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The church is rapidly growing in Latin America — and so are false doctrines, like the prosperity gospel. Read our Q&A to find out how a TEAM missionary is steering new believers in a better direction. Photo by TEAM

If you want to know where the Church is growing, don’t look to your local seeker-friendly, hipster church. Don’t look for the closest liturgical service either. According to TEAM missionary and former missionary kid Justin Burkholder, the best place to look is in a Pentecostal service… in Latin America. “We just sort of assume Latin America’s Catholic, … but a lot of Latin America is very evangelical, and mainly it’s highly neo-Pentecostal,” Justin says. In 1970, evangelical Christians numbered only 12.8 million in Latin America. By 2020, they’re expected to reach 203 million, according to the Center for the Study…

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She Gave Up Her Parents — and She’s Not Sorry

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When Liyana enrolled in Bible college, her mom kicked her out of the house. But that didn't stop her from pursuing her missionary calling. Photo by TEAM

When Liyana* decided to go to Bible college, she knew her ancestor-worshipping father probably wouldn’t take it well. But she didn’t expect her Christian mother to disapprove. She certainly didn’t expect to be kicked out of the house! In a flash, she went from living in a nice neighborhood to worrying about having bus money — or running water. All that, just because she wanted to share the Gospel with her fellow South Africans. Raised in Two Religions Liyana grew up between two different spiritual worlds. Her mother came from a strong Christian background. Her father came from Zionism —…

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