Church Planting, Ministry and Evangelism

Topics like evangelism, ministry training, and the New Testament model are covered here by Ministrymaker’s pastors, teachers, and contributors.

“You never have to advertise a fire. Likewise, when your church is on fire you will not have to advertise it, the community will already know it.” – Leonard Ravenhill


  • 20 Steps to Planting and Growing a Church

    There are proven ways to grow any ministry. Pastors often make plans for their church while forgetting to take care of the little things.

  • A Biblical Analysis of the Twelve Steps

    A Biblical analysis of the twelve-step recovery program, highlighting both the truth and error of each step compared to scripture.

  • A Church Leader’s Biblical Responsibilities

    Church leaders have certain biblical responsibilities placed on them by scripture.

  • A Church’s Responsibility to Its Pastor

    The church has a responsibility to its pastor. Churches often lose great pastors because they minister without ever feeling appreciated.

  • A Church’s Responsibility to Visiting Ministries

    This visiting ministry guide is directed toward the church’s responsibility to preachers, evangelists and musicians who come into the church to minister.

  • A Pastor’s Responsibility to the Church

    The privilege and responsibility God gives pastors is to shepherd those who belong to Him. It’s a great honor, and also a heavy burden. It’s incumbent on us to take our calling seriously.

  • Are You a Preacher or a Pastor?

    Many churches have great preachers, but much more is involved with the pastor’s job than just preaching. The Sunday sermon only highlights what a pastor does.

  • Beginners Guide to Church Planting

    Planting a church is one of the most rewarding things you can do to advance the kingdom, but it can also be very challenging.

  • Biblical Counselors: Characteristics and Methods

    Biblical counselors tell people what God says concerning their situation in order to help them with the problems of life.

  • Biblical Versus Psychological Counseling

    Although Biblical and secular counseling have common elements, there are vast differences between them. One is completely worldly, while the other rests on the principles of God’s Word.

  • Can a Woman be a Pastor?

    Should women be in ministry? Regardless of what you think about women in ministry, many are being used of God to affect people’s lives for His glory.

  • Characteristics of Effective Church Planters

    Based upon Dr. Charles Ridley’s research, he developed a comprehensive list of characteristics that define effective church planters.

  • Christmas Help for Families in Need

    Many families go through hard times during the holiday season. Fortunately, there are organizations that can help.

  • Church Mergers: 13 Things to Consider

    As a pastor it’s hard to watch your membership decline. Is a church merger right for you?

  • Counseling Guide for Church Leaders

    Every church leader should be prepared to give scriptural answers when counseling someone.

  • Dealing With Conflict in Ministry Marriages

    There are many books that deal with building healthy marriages, but few deal with the conflicts that can occur between couples in the ministry.

  • Evangelism Through Small Groups

    Small group evangelism is a great way for pastors and church leaders to integrate community outreach into their congregation.

  • Examples of House Churches in the Bible

    For Christians searching for a deeper level in their service to God, house churches have become a popular option.

  • Hospital Visitation Guide

    A well-planned hospital visit brings blessing not only to the patient, but also the pastor, elder or deacon.

  • How to Assert Your Authority

    If anything is going to be accomplished in the natural or spiritual realms, you must assert your God-given authority.

  • How to Be an Effective Worship Leader

    Some people believe the only requirement for leading worship is being a good singer or musician. That is only the beginning.

  • How to Grow a Small Church

    Growing a small church can be a tremendous challenge, but there are proven ways to take your ministry to the next level. It’s God’s will that our churches grow.

  • How to Lead Someone to Jesus Christ

    The Bible makes it clear that every person must have an experience with Jesus through the Holy Spirit to be saved from hell and go to heaven.

  • How to Motivate Your Congregation

    God wants all believers to be involved in their local congregation. How can pastors motivate members to be more fruitful and productive?

  • How to Prepare for a Move of God

    There are a few things that must happen if you want God to bring real power and blessing to your church.

  • How to Start a Spiritual Conversation

    All relationships take time to develop, and a relationship with Christ is no different.

  • How to Worship Without a Worship Team

    When churches are new, and even in the life of an established congregation, there will be times when you don’t have anyone to lead worship.

  • How to Write a Worship Song

    Writing a worship song is very similar to writing a secular song except for one important difference, your intended audience includes God.

  • Itinerant Ministry Guide for Churches

    Whether you have a music, teaching or preaching ministry, Evangleist or Revivalist there are ethical guidelines that must be considered when ministering in another person’s church.

  • Ministry Guide for Elders and Deacons

    Every Christian should find their ministry in the church, including those called to be elders, deacons and ushers.

  • Ministry Resume Guide

    Churches hire pastors and ministry leaders based on criteria that is different from what a secular organization requires.

  • Pastoral Prisons

    Pastors battle many types of prisons. Prisons that hinder their call and prisons that are positive. Pastors are imprisoned for the sake of their people.

  • Prosperous Pastoring

    God wants you be prosperous in your ministry and pastoring. This is His purpose for all those He has called and ordained into the ministry. This is God’s will and design for all of His people, but especially for pastors.

  • Real Friends: Mark 2:1-5

    Pastor Greg challenges us to be real friends to those around us. To do what ever it takes to bring them to Jesus, and it will be by your faith that they are saved.

  • Sample Baptism Letter

    Below is a sample baptism letter that should be mailed to the candidate at least one week prior to the service.

  • Sample Church Bylaws

    The first documents a new church needs to develop are its constitution, bylaws and statement of faith.

  • The Empty Seat: 1 Samuel 20:24-27

    King Saul was having a great meal, however, he couldn’t enjoy it because of who wasn’t there.

  • The Fivefold Ministry

    The fivefold ministry is more than those gifted by God, but are themselves gifts to the body of Christ.

  • The Future of the Church

    What is the future of the church? These are notes from a sermon Dr. Paul E. Paino preached in June of 2000.

  • The Importance of Ushering

    Ushers are often underestimated, but they should never think their ministry is unimportant.

  • The Truth About Water Baptism

    What is the significance of water baptism? How are we to baptize? Is sprinkling or pouring sufficient or is immersion required?

  • Twelve Steps Versus the Church

    The twelve-step recovery program is one of the primary tools the world uses to help people overcome addictions. Should the church use the same system?

  • Understanding the Call of God

    Being in the ministry can be full a joy. It can also be difficult at times. Only those called of God will survive. Are you sure you are called into the ministry?

  • Water Baptism Guide

    Water baptism is more than a ritual. It’s a public declaration that reflects a personal faith in Jesus Christ.