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Church Planting

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

I've always had an interest in church planting. I served as founder and editor of The Planter, a professional newsletter published by the American Baptist Churches, USA, from 1988 through 1993. From 1988 to 2001 I served as a church planter for Church of the Live Oaks, an American Baptist congregation in Rocklin, California. My heart is with church planters everywhere.

"New Churches: Can We Afford Them? Strategies for Success, Despite Booming Land Prices," Ministries Today, May-June 1990, pp. 92ff.

"Restarting a Dead Church," The Planter, August 1990, pp. 1-2. Reprinted in Christian Century, July-August 1992, pp. 25-26. Seven steps for restarting a dying or deceased congregation.

"Too Many Churches?" an article to help people who wonder why a new church is needed.

"Kids Cost Too Much," an article which discusses the importance of investing in new churches.

"Don't You Dare Take My People," speaks to the fear of pastors of nearby established churches when a new church begins.

"Ode to the Tallest Redwood," a poem which reflects on the willingness of redwoods to stand in the forest despite windstorm and fire. An encouragement to church leaders based on Ephesians 6:10-13.

"When the New Church is a Splinter," principles for pastoring the splinter of a church split.

"Younger Churches Make Beautful Lovers," the case for attending the newer church.

New "Keepers of the Dream: On Closing a New Church Plant"

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