Category Archives: Church Planting

Samuel Miller’s Pastoral Theology

My own first contact with Samuel Miller, Old Princeton’s Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government, came many years ago when I read an essay that had a quote from his “Presbyterianism The Truly Primitive and Apostolical Constitution of the … Continue reading

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Can Reformed Baptists Join Old School Presbyterian Churches?

It is almost inevitable that Old School Presbyterian (OSP) church planters will have people from differing theological backgrounds visiting their congregations, and some of the most common visitors will be Reformed Baptists. Obviously having Reformed Baptists (RBs) visit your congregation … Continue reading

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“Building an Old School Church” Conference (10/17/09)

On Saturday, October 17th Providence PCA in Fayetteville, NC will be hosting a one day conference entitled  “Building an Old School Church”. In an age when many churches seek to mimic the culture as closely as possible, Old School Presbyterian … Continue reading

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Church Discipline: Never Popular, But Always Necessary

The Reformed have long held that scripture teaches us that a true church of the Lord Jesus Christ will manifest three definite marks by which all men might know that it is truly a church. The Belgic Confession summed up … Continue reading

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Coming Next Year: BOSC Church Planting Conference!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, For some time now, I’ve wanted to put together a conference specifically aimed at planting and building Old School Presbyterian Churches and it looks like we will finally be able to host such a … Continue reading

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The Kind of Church Old School Congregations Need to Be

I’m sure most of you already aware of this, but some Old School Presbyterian church planting efforts fail. The church fails to grow, and eventually the effort comes to an end. Obviously we need to acknowledge that even this was … Continue reading

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Interview on Building Old School Churches

Last week I did an interview with the extremely patient guys from the Reformed Podcast Radio Show “Christ the Center” on the subject of Building Old School Churches. Building Old School Churches If you can persevere past the point where … Continue reading

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The Relationship of the Fellowship of the Saints to OSP Church Growth

I wanted to share something brief and unpolished that I hope will be of service to Old School Presbyterian church planters and Pastors as they seek to persuade their members that they play a critical role in the process of … Continue reading

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Evangelism Resources 101: The Gospel Tract

I was considering calling this post “equip the chickens!” after a comment from a conversation I had with a church planter some time ago. We were discussing ways of growing an Old School Presbyterian church plant and I mentioned that … Continue reading

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Should OSP churches have “Term Eldership?”

One of the questions that comes up frequently when Presbyterian churches are getting started or later after they have grown in size is whether or not there should be “rotating” or “term eldership.” Under this system, ruling elders (but interestingly, … Continue reading

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A Word of Encouragement for Dejected Pastors

In 1660 Charles the Second was restored to the throne of England, and the Puritan revolution in England came to a decisive end. Two years later in 1662 the act of uniformity was passed requiring that all the ministers of … Continue reading

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Infants NEED Milk!

A while back when I was in the hospital just after the birth of our first son Victor, I remember I was standing in the hall outside a nurse’s station waiting for her to come back with some Cranberry juice … Continue reading

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James W. Alexander on the Pastor’s Personal Piety

Many years ago, as part of my internship I was assigned a paper by J.W. Alexander (the son of Archibald Alexander, Old Princeton’s first professor) that made a profound impression upon me. It was on the subject of the minister’s … Continue reading

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Abraham Booth’s Advice to Pastors

If we were to be brutally honest, we would have to concede that the failure of many churches and church plants to thrive can be traced to serious deficiences in the character and godliness of the Pastor. Often these deficiencies … Continue reading

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Books for Officer Training…

One of the most important parts of successfully planting a church is the critical process of Officer Training. While I plan to write something in a while that goes into greater detail about how to go about training candidates for … Continue reading

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“You will think you have had enough…”

One of the most consistently disheartening experiences for both the members and pastors of Old School Presbyterian (OSP) church plants is the small size of the congregations. I can well remember one particular Sunday sitting and listening to one of … Continue reading

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Some Rudimentary Thoughts on Church Planting

Some Rudimentary Thoughts on Church Planting By Pastor Andy Webb There are probably many words one might use to describe the majority of conservative Reformed mission churches in the PCA, for instance “hopeful” or “persevering” immediately come to mind. But … Continue reading

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Is this Mission Impossible?

“It’s too hard, I can’t do it!” “But you haven’t even tried!” “That’s because it’s impossible!” Ever had that kind of conversation? The person you are speaking with absolutely refuses to even try to do something because it seems too … Continue reading

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