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CFTROU 0076: Church Planting Challenges & Opportunities

Thank you for joining us! Our guest today is Rick Duncan who is the founding pastor of Cuyahoga Valley Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Rick talks to us about planting his church and growing it into one of the leading churches in our network of Southern Baptist churches. He now serves with the North American Mission Board as the Northeast Regional Church Planting Catalyst. In addition to facing the challenges he and his family faced in the Cleveland area, they persevered because of the need for a church to address the needs of the local community. He advises us on the cornerstones of church planting and how important it is to have a missionary mindset.

Key Points:

  • How to think like a missionary when designing a church for the local community.
  • Cultivating a spirit of generosity to encourage the planting of more churches.
  • Perseverance as a key component when planting a church.
  • Having a model for church planting that focuses on sharing the gospel, not putting on a show.
  • Why it’s tougher to start a church today than it has been in recent history and how to stay encouraged.
  • Strategies for funding and generating financial support.

I remember @richardduncan sharing wisdom with a bunch of us. One of the biggest problems with church planters is that they overestimate the show they’re about to put on and underestimate the show other people put on. Click To TweetYou don’t want to start a church for evangelism, you want to start a church from evangelism. Click To TweetHave that spirit of perseverance, be in it for the long haul, focus on the people that God has given you — and then God will send more. Click To TweetGod honored our missional attitude, our posture of prayer, and our spirit of generosity. Click To Tweet

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Cuyahoga Valley Church

North American Mission Board

Rick Duncan on Twitter

Southern Baptist Convention

Andy Stanley

The God Ask by Steve Shadrach

John Maxwell

Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

Leslee Bennett on Twitter

Jimmy on Twitter

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