Church Planting Articles

The title of this article, Realistic Expectations, suggests that it is possible to have unrealistic expectations. This is especially true in today’s pressure packed society. In my opinion, unrealistic expectations are one of the leading causes of failure in the ministry and in the home. Whether or not one’s expectations are self-induced or from external sources they still play a...

You open your mouth and out comes sound and you don’t even have to think about it. The use of the voice is taken for granted until something goes wrong with it. The voice is a very complicated function of the body. Did you realize there are six intrinsic (inside) sets of muscles that operate the vocal folds? In addition,...

One of the most important issues for a young preacher is determining how to implement standards. It may come as a surprise to him that believers would need guidance as to attire, music, entertainment, and a whole host of other questionable matters. The preacher who ignores the behavior of his members may soon find a serious problem that hinders new...

“One of the reasons this ministry is successful is because of the dedication of my wife. This article was written in 1981 as we were planting our first church. Her dedication to her family and the ministry is clearly evident. I thought it important for this article to be published again.” Dr. Earl Jessup General Director Written by Mrs. Beth Jessup Have you ever...

When we look around us in these days which we find ourselves living, we see people who are hurting, looking for answers, and searching for the truth. As wives and mothers, we have so many opportunities to pass out a tract or speak a kind word to another lady or to do a kind deed for someone. We are all...

How are your children involved in the ministry? We have all heard the saying that children are the church of tomorrow. This is only a partial truth. Children must be a part of the church today if there is any hope for their involvement with the church of tomorrow. As a parent of seven, I have often found myself downplaying the...

Sadly many parts of North America remain unevangelized. Hundreds of thousands of people are not reached because churches are not reproducing churches in these areas. Where are these areas that need these good fundamental Baptist churches? They are within minutes of our good fundamental Baptist churches. As I travel this continent and speak on church planting, I mention the need of...