STORIES

Prepping to Multiply

We launched our church, Chapel of Change, three years ago with one Sunday Celebration. Today we have four Sunday Celebrations spread out on two locations. We haven’t launched a new church yet but we are primed to do so as we have several church planter candidates in...

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A New Community Tradition with New Wine Church

It was evening on December 23rd, and my family and I were decked out in our ugliest Christmas sweaters. We were headed to downtown Long Beach where we were promised a great time by New Wine Community Church. We couldn’t wait to see what kind of a party this popular...

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Space where people can be loved

The Branch is a two-year old church plant in downtown Long Beach. Their church operates on what they call their rhythms of Love, Learn, Live, and as they enter their third year as a church they plan to focus their community life on discipleship. Again. The original...

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Waiting as a Way to Prepare

Alright, so you’ve gotten a call to plant a church. You’ve prayed about it. Others have prayed with you. You feel you have confirmation. Your family is on board. And you know exactly where you want to plant. You are ready to go! And then, it seems like everything...

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Called to Plant Wrigley

I met recently with Jason Brown, planting co-pastor of City Church of Long Beach. We met at Fox Coffee House in the Wrigley neighborhood that City Church calls its home. And we spent some time discussing the question of calling for a church...

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What 5th Sundays can do for church planting

Ryan Grabill, Lead Pastor and Planter of Soundhouse Church I was chatting on the phone this morning with my friend, Ryan Grabill, who is currently planting Soundhouse Church here in Long Beach, CA. I got to hear his exciting story of how his church responded in...

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10 Ways to Support a Planter

by John Alwood One of the things I love about PlantLB, is that it is a collaboration between many different kinds of churches toward the same goal of planting more Christ-centered communities for the good of the city. We have non-denominational pentecostal churches...

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First Planter Training Cohort is complete!

As we finish up our first round of planter training, we wanted to take a moment to thank PlantLB churches, particularly Parkcrest, for the generosity they showed in helping subsidize much of the cost for these planters to take this training. 8 Planters have finished...

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How to be a supportive planter’s wife

by Carol Alwood There is not a lot written about what it looks like to support your husband in ministry, especially if your husband is a church planter. What is the wife’s role in such a huge undertaking? Maybe you’ve thought about the importance of your calling, or...

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