Category Archives: Church Planting

Discerning Values

At Wellspring, we merged two different ways of doing church with Blanchard and Living Water. One church merger between an Anglo and African American church fell apart because one side did not realize how much they inadvertently assumed that their … Continue reading

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A View from My Seat

I have a great seat to see what God is doing through the church. Today I want to celebrate a few of the stories that I’m hearing. In our youth ministry, a non-Christian student struggled to feel loved.  At our … Continue reading

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Gifts from Heaven and Starbucks

Recently, a dear man of God dropped by out of the blue and dropped off a gift from heaven and a gift from Starbucks. From Starbucks came two cookies that could be savored with a cup of strong black coffee. … Continue reading

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Moving Forward (Acts 7:44–60)

Change is never easy. Very broadly, Living Water has navigated changes from small to large, mono-generational to multigenerational, and  monocultural to multicultural.  Very broadly, Blanchard has navigated changes from a comfortable (yet declining) stability to an uncomfortable (yet growing) change, … Continue reading

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Root Canals, Novocain, Giving and God’s Promises

Speaking on giving at church can be like talking about root canals at the dentist; it has to be done, but nobody likes doing it. On the other hand, not talking about God’s promises on giving at church is like … Continue reading

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Growing Smaller

As a church we must grow smaller. Our church has more people attending on Sundays, more home groups, more ethnic diversity, more age groups and more ministries than before. And we have grown rapidly. Before our merger, Blanchard and Living Water … Continue reading

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Just Bring Your Lunch

Do you ever want to shut out the needs of others because they outstrip your own resources?   That’s how I felt on Monday. I went down to Indianapolis to gather with eighty other pastors and church leaders for our … Continue reading

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