International Missions


Who pastors missionaries? Who provides care for those sent from local churches? We think about member care when it comes to the members we see every week, but often forget about those making disciples and planting churches across North America and throughout the world. Pastors, member care does not end […]

Bob F. on Caring for Missionaries


I frequently receive requests to help others process through an apostolic approach to church planting among unreached people groups in North America. Today, I want to take the initiative and extend an invitation to mission agencies. There are nearly 1,000 US and Canadian mission agencies that call North America home. […]

An Opportunity for Your Mission Agency?


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In the previous post, “Three Things to Keep in Mind when Equipping Planters for Movements,” I addressed beginning with the end in mind and planned role changes (see the two diagrams). In this post, I want you to see how we seek to involve training teams in view of the […]

10 Parts of the Church Multiplication Cycle



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This post is the seventh in the series of how The Church at Brook Hills is sending church planters to the North American context. In case you missed them, here are the previous posts: Our Process for Sending Teams Pathway to the Field 19 Points to Ponder for Potential Church […]

Three Things to Keep in Mind when Equipping Planters for ...


Season 3 of Strike the Match begins with this post! Be sure to subscribe (iTunes, Android, RSS) so you will not miss an episode! Ramadan 2017 begins Friday, May 26. I thought it would be appropriate to begin our third season talking with Dr. John Klaassen about Islam and reaching […]

John Klaassen on Engaging with Muslims


After we receive the Informed Consent, Church Planter’s Profile, and Background Check (see previous post for more information), we provide three additional formal assessment tools. Small Group Leader’s Assessment. We ask the potential planter’s small group leader to provide an assessment (for both husband and wife if applicable). The majority of this […]

3 More Tools for Assessing Church Planters



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As mentioned, the Assessment and Equipping Steps are interdependent. We move our members through these steps simultaneously. For the ease of explanation, I will address our Assessment Step before sharing the elements of our Equipping Step. After members agree they need to move beyond the Points to Ponder, we provide […]

Three Tools to Begin Your Church Planter Assessment


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This is the fourth post in my series on how The Church at Brook Hills is sending church planting teams to unreached people groups in North America. After the Inquiring Step, we take our members to the Assessing and Equipping Steps. Both of these steps are related to one another. […]

6 C’s of Our Church Planters’ Assessment


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This is the third post in my series on how The Church at Brook Hills is preparing and sending church planting teams to North America. I encourage you to read the previous two posts. They likely will answer questions that may come from reading this post. As promised in my […]

19 Points to Ponder for Potential Church Planters



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This is the second post in this series on how The Church at Brook Hills is sending church planting teams to the North American context. See my previous post for the necessary background information. It is important to understand the big picture–what we call the Pathway to the Field. Churches […]

Pathway to the Field


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I recently posted a photo on my Instagram account noting I was in the process of revising our church’s approach to assessing and equipping U.S. church planting teams. Several of you wrote and asked for a copy of what The Church at Brook Hills has been doing over the past […]

Our Process for Sending Church Planting Teams


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What if the unreached people groups in our communities helped determine the international locations of some of our future short-term and long-term teams? A brother recently told me about a friendship developed in Birmingham with a man from Nepal. He shared the gospel with this man and their relationship continued […]

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