Church Plant

The real-life, real time story of two pastors starting a new church on the south side of Indianapolis. The process of planting a church is rarely efficient, but the stories that come from it are almost always interesting.

21:30:26 2022-11-23
Often we think of building community as events centered around the institution of the church.  But scripture calls us to have margin in our lives to show brotherly love to others.  This isn't something you can manufacture, but must be done out o...
21:29:30 2022-11-02
The gospel commends certain aspects of our culture, but challenges others.  Through the gospel, people who once found their self-worth in their performance or success are transformed to find that they are immeasurably valuable because of who God says...
21:33:02 2022-10-12
Launching a church in the suburbs means kids... and lots of them!  But how does a new church care for kids and families when resources are limited?  What does the Bible say about the role of kids in the church and how does this affect the way we...
21:32:54 2022-09-29
As the launch team of The Fields Presbyterian Church approached their target launch date, they still had not yet secured a location in which to meet.  But like every other need, the Lord provided the perfect place for this new church to worship toget...
21:37:08 2022-09-07
Every church ought to be discipling people, but how its done can vary.  At The Fields Presbyterian Church, discipleship has been on Mike and Chris' minds since day one and they want to launch the church with a strong discipleship program in place. &n...
21:39:20 2022-08-24
A new church must give its prospective congregants a picture of what the church will be like.  Typically this is called "Vision Casting."  But instead of casting a vision for a new church, what if we gave people the gospel and let God's Word do ...
21:27:12 2022-08-03
Few things are more daunting or paralyzing than coming up with a name.  This week, Mike and Chris talk about the process of naming the church plant and finally reveal the new name.
21:26:54 2022-07-21
Everything costs money. While the gospel is free, starting up a new church comes with a cost. Where did Mike and Chris find funding for their new church? What does the need for funding teach the people of a new church about dependence on God?
21:28:24 2022-07-07
When starting a new church, gathering people to help get it started is one of the biggest hurdles the church planter faces. While strategies and systems are sometimes used to help with this process, ultimately it is God who gathers His people to form His ...
21:28:32 2022-06-22
When starting a new church, it must have the right foundation.  The church is not an institution or a building, rather it's a community of believers who are sinners saved by grace.  This week, Mike and Chris talk about what the Bible says about ...
21:30:10 2022-06-08
Many church planters are the only staff member and solo pastor, often for a long time. But for us, we chose to take on a second staff member right from the start. This week, we welcome co-planter Chris McLaughlin and his wife Erica to talk about how they ...
21:29:04 2022-05-25
Pastor Mike's ministry was greatly influenced by two men named Jack Miller and Dick Kauffman.  Who were these men and how will their influence shape the church we're launching on the south side of Indianapolis?
21:27:10 2022-05-12
Welcome to Church Plant!  This is the real-life, real-time story of two pastors who are starting a new church on the south side of Indianapolis.  In our inaugural episode, Mike and Chris introduce themselves and discuss why the southern suburbs ...