It’s not difficult to convince people to join a new venture like a church. But it is difficult to discern and invite the right people into your core team. Ed Stetzer and Matt Rogers examine five shared foundations for a core team: a shared motive, a shared mission, a shared place, a shared ecclesiology, and a shared commitment. Core teams united on these five principles are the core teams that last.
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About Ed Stetzer
Ed is a professor and dean at Wheaton (Illinois) College, where he also serves as executive director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is regional director for Lausanne North America, editor-in-chief of Outreach Magazine and is frequently cited in, interviewed by and writes for news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is founding editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for Bible study.
About Matt Rogers
Matt Rogers pastors Christ Fellowship Cherrydale in Greenville, SC, where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and their five children. A two-time graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., PhD), Matt continues to write and teach on topics related to church planting and discipleship. He is the author of Seven Arrows: Aiming Bible Readers in the Right Direction and Aspire: Transformed by the Gospel along with numerous resources on church planting with the North American Mission Board. Matt continues to aid the church planting work of the Pillar Network as they seek to plant healthy churches throughout the world.