Models of Church: Is the House Church Best?

House Church A large segment of radical Spirit-filled believers have an aversion to the modern expression of church.   The house church movement has been around for decades, but for many, this sentiment was crystallized by the writing of Frank Viola, and especially Pagan Christianity, which he wrote with George Barna.  The overarching idea of the house church movement is that the New Testament church was a “house church” (Acts 2:46) and so, we should be as well. Having been a Read more [...]

4 Things You Must Do for Your Church Plant to Grow

A church plant is a Kingdom startup, and like all startups, it runs on momentum. To succeed, you must keep moving, and moving in the right direction. There are things you can do as a leader to generate and sustain momentum, and there are also things that, if left unchecked, will sap your momentum. Here are 4 key do’s and don’ts for maintaining momentum in your church plant. If you would like to read more about planting and building a Spirit-filled church, check out my book The Encounter Based Read more [...]

Things To Know Before Planting a Church

Church planting is incredibly exciting, but also incredibly daunting.  You don’t know what you don’t know.  And even people with a lot of experience can’t know everything.   That’s why I want to share a few key perspectives with you.  I’ve spent most of my adult life as a leader within three different church plants.   Even though I had graduated from seminary, I quickly realized that most of what I had learned there was not directly applicable to planting a church. Too often, seminary Read more [...]

The Catholic Charismatic Landscape

While charismatic activity has always been present within the Roman Catholic Church, the current form of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal stems from 1967, when a group of students at Duquesne University received baptism in the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues. They were inspired by David Wilkerson’s The Cross and the Switchblade and John Sherrill’s They Speak with Other Tongues. The renewal spread and inspired groups that practiced gifts of the Spirit including tongues, prophecy, Read more [...]

Apostolic Movements

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a term that was used by Peter Wagner to describe current trends in church movements, particularly with regard to a "five-fold" ministry and church polity. These NAR movements are supposed to be led through relationships instead of structures, and generally follow the Ephesians 4:10 pattern.
This concept first emerged as part of the Latter Rain movement which started in Saskatchewan in 1948. The Latter Rainers had the original revelation of the "five-fold" as Read more [...]

Most Influential Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches in America

While there are lots of lists of big churches, there really isn't a list that gives a good picture of the landscape inside the Spirit-filled world.  Understanding this landscape can help you as leader to navigate your world better and ultimately make better choices.   Great leaders follow other great leaders, and to lead a large church it definitely takes significant insight and gifting.
Influence is not a simple factor of size.  There are many large churches that do not have much influence outside Read more [...]

5 Keys to Successful Church Planting

Are you thinking about planting a church?  As someone who has been a leader in three church plants, I want to make it a lot easier for you,   I've seen what works and what doesn't work, and I want it to work for you.   Planting a church is one of the most exciting adventures you can embark on, but it's also challenging and risky.  Having the right tools can significantly accelerate you.   That's why I'm going to be doing a series of articles just to help people like you.  I want you to succeed. 1. Read more [...]