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Rural Church Planting and Coaching Church Planters November CPLF Gathering

Written by Ed Stetzer on . Posted in Ed Stetzer

If you're a church planting leader in your denomination, you should join us for this gathering.

For the past few years we have hosted a gathering of denomination and network church planting leaders from across North America to consider process and practices of church planting. We call this group the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship (check out our new website!). This is a peer group, specifically focused on those who are leading church planting efforts in their denomination and/or network. This group is unique; in fact, I’m pretty confident that it’s the only one of its kind. It regularly features leaders who represent around 75% of all North American Evangelical church planting in a given year.

In the past we have featured speakers like Tim Keller, Rick Warren, Linda Stanley, Neil Cole, Dhati Lewis, Leonce Crump, Derwin Gray, and many, many others. What makes this gathering so special, though, is not just the learning we get (though it’s pretty spectacular), but the opportunity for peers to sit down and learn from each other.

This November, we will host our next gathering, focusing on Rural Church Planting and Coaching Planters. As you and I know, much of the focus on church planting these days is on the urban center and the cities. While this is definitely important, we cannot forget the fact that, for many of our denominations and networks, the majority of their churches are rural! So what’s unique about planting in rural settings? What’s the state of rural church planting? Also, how do we coach and care for church planters effectively? What are the best practices?

On November 14-15 in Nashville, we will be learning and discussing both topics: rural church planting and the coaching and care of church planters. This year, we will work through the following topics with the following ...

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