Allison Hurtado

Grand Opening Grace River Church

Chris Highfill wanted to plant a church in the city of St. Louis. His heart was set on it. Once he passed assessment in Chicago, he knew where he wanted to go. But one thing stood in the way: God's plan.

"I sat down with Gary Rohrmayer and Steve Mizel," Highfill said. "And they basically told me no, you should really consider planting in St. Charles County."

While Highfill may have been thrown off his game, he took their advice and started researching. He found that 360,000 people live in O'Fallon, Missouri, and only 15 percent of them attend a church. That leaves Highfill...

Bringing the Gospel to Music City

By Allison Hurtado

Preston Sharpe moved to East Nashville from his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2013. It wasn’t to meet the many celebrities who live there, or even run into Taylor Swift at coffee shops -- it was to plant a church.  

“When my wife and I moved from Tulsa it was a complete pioneer church plant deal,” Sharpe said. “We only knew one couple here when we arrived.” 

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Grand Opening Grace River Church

By Allison Hurtado

Chris Highfill wanted to plant a church in the city of St. Louis. His heart was set on it. Once he passed assessment in Chicago, he knew where he wanted to go. But one thing stood in the way: God's plan.

"I sat down with Gary Rohrmayer and Steve Mizel," Highfill said. "And they basically told me no, you should really consider planting in St. Charles County."

While Highfill may have been...

From a Hot Dog Stand to a Car Dealership to a Church

By Allison Hurtado

The town of New Buffalo, Michigan, grows from 2000 people year-round to 11,000 during the summer months. For the past 27 years pastor Jeff Dryden has led Sawyer Highlands Church, in another small town just 10 miles away. He saw an opportunity to start an outdoor service in New Buffalo during the summer to reach vacationers from nearby Chicago and Indianapolis. The unique dynamics of the town and...

Igniting a Movement of Churches in Illinois

By Allison Hurtado

Russ Shearer says it’s like building a plane in the air. He’s talking about church planting, of course. He started his first church 17 years ago in a small Wisconsin town; he and his wife had been married less than a year.

“It was a challenging, phenomenal experience and we learned who we were and who we weren’t. We were young and figuring out ministry, leadership and life. By God’s grace,...

Business Man Turned Church Planter

By Allison Hurtado

Aaron Story and his wife Carrie were part of the team that launched Heartland Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2001. Carrie was hired to start the church’s Adventureland Childcare, and Aaron worked to make it profitable. At the time, he was a division manager for a large company and also using his skills for the church. Then founding pastor Darryn Scheske asked Story to be his first full-...

Climbing The Corporate Ladder Into Church Planting

By Allison Hurtado

Paul Robinson was sitting in a classroom at Kansas State University, listening to a presentation by a Target executive. He and his classmates were confused. As construction/architectural engineering majors, Robinson and his fellow students found it odd a retailer was their speaker. As it turns out, Target has its own in-house team of engineers, and the speaker was one of them. Robinson applied for an...

Church Buys Apartment Complex Clubhouse

By Allison Hurtado

Jessy Padilla, along with other Latino believers, planted Casa de Vida, McHenry, Illinois, in 2010. McHenry is a small town and is located 55 miles outside of Chicago. Orchard Church has rented their building to Casa de Vida for the Spanish-speaking services, up until a building opportunity appeared.

Shirley and Nepthali Mullings started helping at Casa de Vida in March 2011, and in...

The Robersons: Putting Heart and Soul in Detroit

By Allison Hurtado

Cornelius Roberson wanted to be a Catholic priest, until he shared his chosen career path with his father, who hit him with the news: You are Baptist. Roberson and his wife Marisa laugh about it now from their Detroit home. But a calling is a calling, Marisa says.

The Robersons are Detroit natives. They grew up riding their bikes down the streets and attending church. Cornelius’...

Ignite 2016: Take Your Church Viral

By Allison Hurtado

For one last time, 352 people gathered at Ignite. Beginning this April, our church planting gathering will join with Exponential. The 2016 church planting-focused conference event, hosted by Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert, Arizona, March 1-3, centered on taking churches viral. 

Planting churches is no longer enough–learning how to multiply is the key to success. Heartland Church founding...

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