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Unfiltered: Real Church Planting Conversations

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Unfiltered: Real Church Planting Conversations is a podcast featuring the often-missed conversations about church planting. Join hosts Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee, experienced church planters who lead a national church planting movement. You'll experience authentic discussions about real issues that church planters face. Lee and Danny hit the in-between-the-lines issues and talk about the topics you don't hear about when it comes to church planting.

Unfiltered: Real Church Planting Conversations is a podcast featuring the often-missed conversations about church planting. Join hosts Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee, experienced church planters who lead a national church planting movement. You'll experience authentic discussions about real issues that church planters face. Lee and Danny hit the in-between-the-lines issues and talk about the topics you don't hear about when it comes to church planting.

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United States

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Unfiltered: Real Church Planting Conversations is a podcast featuring the often-missed conversations about church planting. Join hosts Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee, experienced church planters who lead a national church planting movement. You'll experience authentic discussions about real issues that church planters face. Lee and Danny hit the in-between-the-lines issues and talk about the topics you don't hear about when it comes to church planting.

Language:

English


Episodes

Communion & the offering

10/19/2020
Almost everything about church has changed because of COVID-19, including communion and the offering. Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss how to still include these elements in the worship experience. 2:08 Lee asks Danny: What have you seen done that is a complete mistake when it comes to offering communion? 3:11 Since passing the basket is out, probably for good, Danny says the simplest option is placing an offering box or bucket in a secure location...

Duration:00:10:03

The future of church buildings

10/5/2020
COVID-19 has caused churches to change the way they do things, including how they use their buildings. Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss what church buildings will look like in the future and how they will be used differently. 0:46 Lee asks Danny if he thinks buildings will still be effective for ministry and evangelism post-COVID. 2:20 Danny says studio space may be more important than seating capacity. 2:48 Danny thinks this season opens up the...

Duration:00:09:05

The new rules of engagement

9/14/2020
COVID-19 has changed the rules of engagement for churches. Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss how your church can make the most of this opportunity. 0:41 According to Barna, about one-third of practicing Christians (32%) aren’t attending church in-person or online. 1:11 Danny says the novelty of attending church online has worn off for people. 1:43 Danny says not having accountability makes it easy for people to skip church. 2:44 Danny feels the...

Duration:00:17:34

Emotional & mental health

8/31/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is damaging people’s emotional and mental health. Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss how the church can equip people to help those who are hurting. 0:22 Lee has had a lot of conversations with people who are struggling emotionally. He says a lot of people are wrestling with a lack of purpose in this season. 1:14 Danny says working from home has caused some people to lose purpose. 2:11 Lee discusses how different preaching to a screen and camera is from...

Duration:00:12:06

Family matters

8/17/2020
For church planters, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just been challenging for their ministry; it’s also taken a toll on their families. Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss how they and their families are navigating this difficult season. 0:30 Lee says this season has gone from being like a blizzard to winter to now more of an ice age. 1:17 Danny says the hard part is the unknown. 2:00 Danny asks Lee about what he’s been doing with his family this summer. 2:26 Lee says he’s taken up...

Duration:00:11:33

Special guest: Matt Shull

8/3/2020
Special guest Matt Shull joins Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee to talk about planting City Lift Church in South Florida. 0:44 Matt discusses why he decided to plant in South Florida. 1:42 Matt says his church started in his townhouse, then moved into a community center and launched in a high school. 2:13 Matt explains how his church has been able to connect with millennials and Gen Zers. 3:30 Matt discusses the importance of developing community and...

Duration:00:13:12

Church health

7/20/2020
Bryan Moak, vice president of Church Strengthening for Converge MidAmerica, joins Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee to discuss how your church plant can start healthy and stay that way. 1:18 Bryan recommends guarding the vision. "We start adding stuff that makes sense at first, and all of a sudden, we’re adding stuff that no longer makes sense to the vision. Once you start something, it is really hard to get rid of it. And things become sacred cows really...

Duration:00:12:47

Coronavirus: Virtual church planting

7/6/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do church. Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss a new strategy for launching churches. 1:22 Danny talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed his thinking about online campuses. 3:22 Danny discusses what he sees as potential pitfalls when it comes to just operating as a virtual church. 4:21 Lee asks, as a virtual church, "How do we get people to take that next step relationally with people that are...

Duration:00:10:59

Coronavirus: The post-COVID-19 church

6/15/2020
Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee share their thoughts on what the post-COVID-19 church will look like. 1:45 Danny thinks even if a vaccine comes out tomorrow, it will take a minimum of one to two years for people’s psyche to calm down and get back to normal, if ever. 3:38 Danny and Lee talk about how services – in person and online – will be different in the future. 5:35 Lee says churches have an opportunity to raise up a whole new group of leaders. How...

Duration:00:15:22

Coronavirus: Relaunching church

6/1/2020
Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss how you can be prepared to relaunch your church. 1:06 Danny talks about the mentality planters need to have when relaunching. 1:38 Planters need to have a plan and not think, "We’ve been going for a while, so relaunch means we’re just going to pick up right where we left off." 3:01 Danny gives his advice on sermon series topics. 4:11 Lee encourages churches to have a communication plan ready now in prepping the...

Duration:00:12:32

Coronavirus: The virtual church experience

5/18/2020
Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic when it comes to virtual church. 1:40 Lee says his church plant, which is about 18 months old, was already having conversations about how to maximize the online church experience before the coronavirus pandemic hit. 2:16 Lee quickly learned that the quality of recording and sound equipment matters when it comes to keeping people engaged online. 3:34 Lee talks about...

Duration:00:17:47

Special guest: Brandon Petty

5/4/2020
Brandon Petty joins Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee to discuss his church plant near Nashville, Tennessee. 1:07 Brandon talks about what drew him to plant Generation Church in Portland, Tennessee, in 2012. 2:16 Brandon says Portland has seen an influx of impoverished people since 2008. There’s also a high percentage of divorce, sexual abuse and drug addiction there. 4:02 Brandon discusses the advantages of planting in a city the size of Portland...

Duration:00:13:46

The hiring process

4/20/2020
Hiring a new team member can be a challenging and sticky moment. Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss what they’ve learned over the years to help you through the process. 1:44 Danny thinks the biggest thing is to be patient and get the right person, not the best person. 3:00 Danny says it’s important to spend time with a candidate outside of the interview room context, where you get to see how the person operates in real life. 4:00 Danny discusses...

Duration:00:15:44

Mobilizing & inspiring volunteers

4/6/2020
Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss how to recruit, mobilize and inspire your volunteers, especially after you’ve reached the one-year mark. 0:52 Lee says it wasn’t difficult to get people from the launch team to serve and give. The challenge came at about the year mark. 1:28 At the one-year mark, Lee realized the majority of their giving was still coming through launch team members. 1:47 Only 10% of the regular attenders were regularly serving. Lee...

Duration:00:13:38

[Bonus Episode] Coronavirus

3/24/2020
Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee help planters think through ministry opportunities and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 0:56 Lee says one of the good things that’s come out of this is it’s caused local church leadership to realize that leading the local church isn’t something that just happens on the weekend. 1:50 Danny encourages planters not to think short-sighted — how do I reproduce my Sunday service online? — but instead ask the bigger...

Duration:00:13:14

Talking politics

3/16/2020
In the midst of an election year, Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss what you should — and shouldn’t — say about politics from the pulpit. 1:09 Danny says planters cannot completely ignore politics because it is such a cultural issue. It can be a discipleship issue of teaching your people how they ought to engage culture. 2:09 Lee says it’s important to remind your people to address political issues from a biblical standpoint. "What does the Bible...

Duration:00:10:45

Getting a building

3/2/2020
Many declining or dying churches are partnering with church plants. Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee discuss what to do when a church wants to give or sell their building to you. 1:05 Danny says in Converge MidAmerica three churches have chosen to do a restart with a church plant or to gift their building. He’s seen this happen with the launch team he is on. 1:25 Lee discusses three scenarios when it comes to existing churches allowing church plants to use...

Duration:00:11:20

Money wasters

2/17/2020
As a church planter, you want to maximize your financial resources. Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee help you avoid some purchasing pitfalls they’ve seen over the years. 0:54 One of Danny’s biggest pet peeves is haphazard marketing, including misusing mailers and radio ads. 2:37 Danny talks about how many mailers you need to send out to see a return on your investment. 3:54 As an alternative to mailers, Danny recommends spending money on your church...

Duration:00:15:15

Overcoming obstacles in planting

2/3/2020
Converge church planting leaders Lee Stephenson and Danny Parmelee are joined by Don Willeman to discuss some of the challenges he’s faced planting in the Northeast. 0:29 Don planted his church 20 years ago in Hanover, New Hampshire, home to Dartmouth College. 1:33 Don talks about how God has given his church an open door "in a place where people said it was impossible to plant a church." 2:48 Don’s church has met at Hanover High School for the past 20 years. 3:29 Because of outdated...

Duration:00:15:09

Protecting your marriage

1/20/2020
Lee Stephenson, executive director of Church Planting for Converge, talks with Randy and Amy Moore of Revolution Church, McKinney, Texas, about how to protect your marriage as church planters. 1:14 Amy says the No. 1 thing is making sure your marriage is healthy. She recommends going to counseling to work on any issues you might have in your marriage before you start to plant. 3:35 Randy says, "We know that God’s called us to our marriage first. Before he gave us this call [to plant], he...

Duration:00:11:51