Pizza, Pitbulls and Power the of God


Our mission was to plant a church in Camden and to engage people for conversions (one of our core-values) and to enter Christo-centrism into the culture (another core-value) (Rom 15:17-21). In a city of 79,000 people, about 98% are unreached with the Gospel, and only about 1% attending church in Camden. We came in Read more

Is My Family Suffering Under a Generational Curse?


  If you have heard the term "generational curse" it is a concept that means that there is a certain sin pattern in a persons family and it is only a matter of time before the next generation commits the same sins as the past generation did. Divorces, infidelity, abuses, bad financial stewardship, drug-use, and Read more

Leading at 30,000 Feet


Three days ago I was sitting on a plane waiting to take off. We were heading home, back to Atlanta, and I was ecstatic. I’d gotten the exit row, the one right by the entrance door, so there was lots of legroom for the 6’ 5’’ guy. I couldn’t wait to see my wife Read more

Top 10 Things I Learned In Church Planting


1. You're a Limited Leader (Exodus 18:18) People will want you to be the omni-gifted leader and you'll be tempted to believe it. It's important to know who you are and who you are not. The only thing worse than the people wanting you to be omni-gifted is the pastor who believes he is, this will Read more

Practice What You Tweet


In a world of Facebook status updates and 140-character one-liners, it's easy for us to drift further and further into an electronic personality and identity void of authenticity. Our Facebook and Twitter profiles matter more to us than who we really are. The question is, do our Facebook and Twitter identities match what's in our hearts? More Read more

Panel Session: Planters in the trenches


Pastor Blake Wilson moderates a panel of speakers in reference to planting churches in the urban context. Panelists are: Dr. Eric Mason Dr. Carl Ellis Pastor Blake Wilson Pastor Jerome Gay Pastor Doug Logan Pastor Leonce Crump   Panel Session: Planters in the Read more

Called to Disciple Men in the Urban Context


As the 3rd keynote speaker at the 2011 Thriving Summit. Dr. Carl Ellis speaks about how to disciple young men in the urban context with the truth of the Gospel. The talk consist of 3 talks: Keys to Discipleship The Urban Cultural Context for Discipleship Applying God's Word in the Now Conclusion Call to Disciple Men in the Urban Read more

Called to Seek The Peace of the Urban Context


As the second keynote speaker of the 2011 Thrive Summit  Dr. Villafane speaks about reaching those that are subject to the "second city" (second hand education, second hand job, etc). He touches of the fact that a Christocentric view of the Gospel is needed to reach the urban context. "Listen to the Lord first and Read more

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Stranded

Posted on by Doug Logan Posted in Community, Culture, Discipleship, Evangelism, Leadership, Missions | Leave a comment

One of the greatest challenges of being an African-American pastor planting a Reformed, missional church in Camden, NJ is the conflict with the traditional African-American churches already located in the city. This conflict takes place on both the institutional and individual levels. This conflict, as it is experienced by individuals, I like to call

“being stranded.”

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Leading at 30,000 Feet

Posted on by Leonce Crump II Posted in Church Planting, Community, Featured, Leadership, Mentorship, Organization, Teaching | 2 Comments

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Three days ago I was sitting on a plane waiting to take off. We were heading home, back to Atlanta, and I was ecstatic. I’d gotten the exit row, the one right by the entrance door, so there was lots of legroom for the 6’ 5’’ guy. I couldn’t wait to see my wife and my daughters. This flight couldn’t have started any better than this. Then, as I’m sitting there the pilot approaches the cabin door to begin greeting people. Immediately an older lady jovially asks, “What are you doing back here; who’s going to fly the plane?” And the pilot’s response unexpectedly unnerved me. “I’m going to let my young first mate fly us home today. I can’t take ‘em all. That would be selfish.”  Read more

Top 10 Things I Learned In Church Planting

Posted on by Jerome Gay Jr Posted in Church, Church Planting, Community, Culture, Discipleship, Evangelism, Featured, Gospel, Leadership, Missions | 7 Comments

TOP 101. You’re a Limited Leader (Exodus 18:18)

People will want you to be the omni-gifted leader and you’ll be tempted to believe it. It’s important to know who you are and who you are not. The only thing worse than the people wanting you to be omni-gifted is the pastor who believes he is, this will quickly drain you of the joy of shepherding people. Embrace your limits and work your strengths.

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Practice What You Tweet

Posted on by Jerome Gay Jr Posted in Community, Culture, Discipleship, Evangelism, Featured, Gospel, Leadership, Preaching, Teaching | Leave a comment

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In a world of Facebook status updates and 140-character one-liners, it’s easy for us to drift further and further into an electronic personality and identity void of authenticity.
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Panel Session: Planters in the trenches

Posted on by Blake Wilson Posted in 2011 Thriving Summit, Audio, Church Planting, Culture, Discipleship, Featured, Leadership | 2 Comments


Pastor Blake Wilson moderates a panel of speakers in reference to planting churches in the urban context.
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Courage Is Not Winning. It’s Sacrifice

Posted on by Leonce Crump II Posted in Culture, Featured, God, Leadership, Scripture, Worship | Leave a comment

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Do you always have to win?

With your employees or employer? With your kids or your spouse? Do you always feel it necessary to win because you can, and if you don’t, then you wouldn’t be showing courage? Next time you encounter conflict, remind yourself of the most courageous man to ever walk the earth: Jesus. Read more

Who Are My Sheep?

Posted on by Leonce Crump II Posted in Church, Community, Discipleship, Leadership | 1 Comment

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You’ve seen them. They attend your church “frequently.”

But frequently, as they measure it, is once every 6–10 weeks, some every 6 months, others are content with just Christmas and Easter. And if you are a leader who’s active in the community and you see them out at a coffee shop, bar, or store they may even introduce you to friends, coworkers, or neighbors as their “pastor.” They are the anonymous attendees, and your church is the place they come for inspiration, temporary healing, assuaging guilt, or instant relational gratification with low output and commitment. Read more

Ministering in Transient Populations

Posted on by Eric Mason Posted in Community, Featured, Leadership, Missions | Leave a comment

transientWhat do young professionals, singles, college students, church hoppers, and the mobile poor all have in common? Transiency! Transient, by Webster’s definition, meanspassing through or by a place with only a brief stay or sojourn.” There is seasonal transience and perpetual transience. Seasonal transience describes those who serve in the armed forces or college students. Perpetual transience is often seen in those whose lives are built around what serves them versus God’s mission. Read more