Category Archives: Church Planting

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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Two questions about growth. (1) Why are people coming? (2) What can we do?

“So how long have you been coming here?”  This is a great question to ask if you don’t know someone. In our church, nobody knows everybody, even me! Around the time that Living Water and Blanchard merged in 2015, our … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Burden of Leadership

We must not underestimate the burden of leadership. In 2 Cor 1:8–9, Paul says, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt we had received the sentence … Continue reading

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Raising our Failure Rate

G. K. Chesterton says, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”  A number of years ago, a church consultant concluded that Blanchard needed to raise its failure rate. I think that I’m doing a good job … Continue reading

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