Ready, Set, Plant
Curtis is thrilled to share the publication of his book on starting new churches. Working with his long-time colleague Bener Agtarap, they've consolidated their decades of experience in coaching, consulting, and starting new faith communities around the world. You can get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Set-Plant-Starting-Churches/dp/0881779466.
From the publisher's note:
When one reads through the New Testament, it's evident that the practice of planting churches began two thousand years ago. Today's culture, community, and connections differ greatly from the churches Peter and Paul helped build. Even in the past 20 years, those factors have dramatically changed the ministry of church planting.
In Ready? Set? Plant! Bener Agtarap and Curtis Brown provide tools for planting churches—looking at the spiritual, social, and economic aspects of the process. Creating new church bodies requires redefining priorities and practices. Yet one thing that never changes is that the mission must be God's mission.
Ready? Set? Plant! raises questions about church planting that every new church community must address: Why? Who? How? What? Where? When? Agtarap and Brown provide a broad range of answers to each question. By examining these questions and various answers, church planters will be equipped to fulfill their divine call to make disciples and transform the world.
Steady Finances in Rocky Times: Three Strategies for Church Finances During Coronavirus
With churches not gathering in person for worship and many parishioners being unable to get to work, churches are very likely to see a decrease in financial revenues during the Coronavirus outbreak. How can you get your church ready? And what financial strategies can you begin to employ. Here are three strategies that can help:
1. Don’t go it alone.
2. Adjust your financial planning.
3. Encourage generosity.
We serve a God of abundant grace, compassion, and love. As followers of Jesus Christ, we can continue to proclaim that message even through hard times. But it will likely take some adjustment to our habits and plans. You are not alone! And, as John Wesley proclaimed, “Best of all, God is with us!”
Curtis has begun working with Bener Agtarap on a new book based in their shared work with new church planters. The book is preliminarily titled "Planters: A Leadership Approach to Starting New Faith Communities." With a writing retreat in November, they're hoping to move the project along for publication in a relatively quick time.
Relational Church Planting
Curtis's dissertation is now available. Contact Curtis if you'd like to read it. Or, if you're an academic researcher, you can access it through ProQuest dissertations, or through Northwestern University's library:
Curtis & Meredith wrote a quick article on "5 Ways to Reach New People" this late summer and fall for Church Marketing Sucks Creative Storytelling. It's behind their member wall, but if you'd like to join you can follow this link:
Relational Church Planting
Curtis's dissertation on Relational Church Planting has been approved! When it clears editing, we'll post the link for it and other publications, articles and research here.
We're trying to bring together all of our work into a central site. We'll update it page with new stories as links as they are published.
Meredith & Curtis Brown
We're putting our various publications, research, and writings links here. We'll try to keep it updated with new material as its published.