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By: Paul Backes

Church Central has an interesting article on church planting strategies. Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, offers a number of different strategies and techniques that have been proven to work.

One example is a pastor that successfully used an online strategy including a blog, Facebook and Twitter. 500 people came to his first church service.


“High tech” methods don’t necessarily eliminate “high touch,” though. Stetzer identifies numerous ways new churches seek to reach their communities, including forming partnerships with established congregations. One high touch method he prefers is hand-addressed envelopes. People are much more likely to open them than to open a label printed envelope.

Even the time of year can be important. Stetzer suggests early fall is best and that summer is not a good time because of vacations and family activities.

Click here to read the article.

Photo Credit: John Atherton

Paul Backes

I’ve been working in the software industry for over 30 years. For the last ten years I have been focusing on creating and implementing web-based systems. I have a unique ability to understand organizational needs and how to apply best practices in processes, technology and user experience to meet those needs. I have successfully started and grown several systems consulting organizations and web-based software companies. In my down time I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. You can also find me on the course, trying to squeeze in many rounds of golf as I can, despite the unpredictable Minnesota weather.

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