Plant! Conference Audio on Starting, Pastoring, and Reviving Churches with Mark Dever, Darrin Patrick, and C. J. Mahaney

This is the audio from the recent Sovereign Grace Ministries PLANT! Conference (with Mark Dever, Darrin Patrick, C. J. Mahaney, Dave Harvey, Mike McKinley, Tim Witmer, and more):

“Sending Onesimus” (Philemon 1-25) (right-click and select “Save link as” or “Save target as”)

Panel discussion 1: Discipling, Assessing, and Training Men for Ministry (right-click and select “Save link as” or “Save target as”)

Here’s what was asked:

  • Theologically, what informs your practice of identifying and training men for ministry? Describe your practice.
  • How do you identify and gather men and intentionally train them?
  • Let’s say I start attending Capitol Hill Baptist Church and become a member, and I want become one of the guys who are asked to teach. What would that process look like?
  • I’m a pastor of a congregation numbering 100. What recommendations do you have for me for how to begin identifying and training men for ministry?
  • Why do you think it is so easy for pastors to neglect this imperative?
  • If I’m an aspiring church planter, how do I find my way to someone who can train me for a potential future church plant?
  • What do I do if I have a pastor for whom my desire to plant a church doesn’t seem to be welcome news?
  • Do you see any gifts in a church planter that are distinct from, say, a support pastor?
  • What are some strengths you look for in a church planter’s wife?

“The Call for Men” (1 Timothy 3:1-7, 2 Timothy 2:1-3) by Darrin Patrick (right-click and select “Save link as” or “Save target as”)

“The Great Commission and Church Planting” (Matthew 28:16-20) by Mark Dever (right-click and select “Save link as” or “Save target as”)

Panel discussion 2: The importance of preaching (right-click and select “Save link as” or “Save target as”)

Here’s what was asked:

  • Why is preaching so important in a church plant?
  • How should the priority of preaching be reflected in a church planter’s weekly schedule?
  • A church planter, because of his many responsibilities, might find it easy to postpone his preaching preparation to the final day or moments. Do you have any practical counsel for someone who finds that the pattern in his life?
  • Take us through a normal week: what’s your preaching preparation process like?
  • Let’s say you’re going to start a church this Sunday. What book of the Bible do you begin teaching from? Why?
  • How would you counsel men who find themselves transitioning from a large, attentive, responsive congregation to addressing 30 people, ten of whom are children, at the outset of a church plant? What would you say to them about the temptations they’ll encounter? How would you encourage them?
  • How would a church planter obtain evaluation of his preaching?
  • A church planter can be particularly tempted to discouragement as he’s laboring week after week and there doesn’t seem to be significant growth, while he’s hearing reports of other churches that seem to be expanding quickly and significantly. Talk to us about your familiarity with that temptation after you’ve preached, and how you take your soul to task.

“Profile of a Church Planter” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 C. J. Mahaney (right-click and select “Save link as” or “Save target as”)

Darrin Patrick, ‘Mistakes in Church Planting’ (right-click and select “Save link as” or “Save target as”)

Panel discussion 3: Church planting and church revitalization (right-click and select “Save link as” or “Save target as”)

Here’s what was asked:

  • Why do churches fail?
  • Daniel Montgomery: What are you building into your church-planting movement to prevent the failure of churches?
  • Mike McKinley: Tell us about replanting a church.
  • Mark Dever: What’s behind your decision to move in the direction of church revitalization?
  • What are the differences between a core group for a church plant and a core group for church revitalization?
  • How do you handle a church plant that emerged from a church split?
  • How do you handle doctrinal differences when revitalizing a church?
  • What are some recommended resources on how to do church replants?
  • If a young man came to you who wants to plant a church or get involved in a church replant, what questions would you explore with him?
  • What’s the church’s role in affirming a man’s call to plant a church?
  • If a young man has a sense of internal call to plant a church and is wondering what to do next, how would you advise him?
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About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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