Church Planting & Multiplication

Insights into the process of planting new churches.

I’m not your pastor, and this is not a church. One Sunday in early 1984, I informed Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay that I was no longer their pastor and that we were no longer a church. Their church was their microchurch. Their pastor was their microchurch pastor. Were a convention of churches. My job was …

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Thirty-nine years ago, Aaron Suzuki and I moved our families to Hawaii from Southern California. We had a strong church behind us yet had plans to start an automotive repair service as a bivocational fallback. We didn’t anticipate strong spiritual hunger among the people we would meet. I would now admit that our years there …

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I was told that lightning never strikes twice – in nature and in church. But I don’t believe it. There have been instances of people struck by lightning twice while standing on the same hilltop, though years apart. It also happens in church multiplication. God blesses whoever he calls, whenever he calls. And when I …

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Let’s think about why my grandmother quit having kids. The truth is she was pregnant, probably 20 percent of her entire life as she lived to just age 58 when a stroke took her away from us. I calculate that she was pregnant for about 14.5 years. She had 16 kids. All of them lived, …

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I’m worried that we’re cannibalizing our churches. A few days ago, Lifeway published data about more churches closing than opening during the pandemic. That week, McKinsey Co. stated that more businesses opened than closed during the same period. We’re losing ground. But that’s not the worst of it. For decades big churches have swallowed smaller …

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This week, I posted a video clip someone sent me from a TV interview I did 37 years ago. I appeared on the show about seven months before our move to Hawaii. I had more hair then (this was the 1980s). As I watched the video, I realized that some things never change, which is …

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I’ve been reading about scientific revolutions. You know, Copernicus, Newton, Einstein and the rest. Each of the above triggered a revolution that created a new normal (a term I’ve come to loathe), but you get the point. Normal has truly arrived when it appears in a textbook or they teach it as foundational truth in …

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