Author: Tom Planck

Disciple-Making Tools

Intentional Discipleship It might be the pond I am swimming these days, but I cannot remember a time when I have heard more pastors and leaders talking about intentional disciple-making. It is so encouraging to hear church leaders digging in to redefine what a disciple of Jesus looks like and […]

End Well. Start Better.

Our calendars recently changed to the final month of 2018. If your fall ministry season has been anything like mine, you have likely been surprised by how quickly December arrived. You are now probably scrambling to get everything that needs to be accomplished checked off your task list before the […]

Hero-Maker Pastors in Guatemala

During the first week in November, I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala. I have made the journey to this beautiful country on many occasions, and each adventure has deepened my love for Guatemala and its joy-filled people. I first traveled to Guatemala in the summer of 2008. I […]

HGC Vision: Coaching

A tale of two churches, one without a coach and one with a coach. Tale One In the summer of 1994, my wife and I courageously moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to launch a new church. It might be hard to imagine these days, but the plethora of resources that exist […]

HGC Vision: Consultation

All those in favor of having a group of outsiders or so-called experts show up at your church to look under the hood, raise your hand. What, no hands? I’m not the least bit surprised, and I’m sure you see the big, bright sarcasm sign flashing. No one wants a […]

Exponential 2019 Pre-Conference

Captivating Church Culture: Small Changes – Big Impact We’re super excited about Exponential 2019 and the opportunity to again host a Pre-Conference Equipping Lab!! Our pre-conference will be Monday afternoon @ 1:30 pm, March 4, 2019, and continue Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 am. The main conference begins Tuesday afternoon […]

Church Lifecycle Survey and HGC Cohorts

As difficult as it may be to come to grips with, someday your church will cease to exist. We can argue the point, but we hope you can appreciate that every organization goes through life cycles. If we can agree on this, then the question becomes – Where is your church […]

HGC Vision: Cohorts

Cohorts are a powerful method of turning information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. When like-minded people get together with a common goal, a high level of commitment, and a desire to advance the Kingdom of Christ, we expect to see marvelous results! Short Story We’ve birthed several cohorts each […]

HGC Vision: Launch New Life!

The Pinetops Foundation recently commissioned a group to study what U.S. culture and the Church might look like in 2050. If you have not read The Great Opportunity, I highly recommend you download it and do so. The study provides a powerful snapshot of the need the Church will have […]

Disciples Who Make Disciples

The narrative that is unfolding in the Church today is not a good read. There are 355,000 plus churches in the United States and better than 80% of them are either in plateau or decline1. These churches are not only declining numerically, but they are also seeing a decrease in […]