Dave DeVries

About Dave DeVries

Dave DeVries is a missionary to the US with OC International. He is focused on accelerating missional movements by equipping and empowering pastors and church planters to embrace missional practices, and partnering with denominational and church leaders to strategically multiply churches across America. You can read his blog at Misisonal Challenge. Dave trains church planters with the CMTC and trains coaches with Creative Results Management. He also is the North America coordinator for the Global Church Planting Network (GCPN).

8 Ways to Engage the Culture Around You


Engaging Culture

Many Christians know that it’s important to engage those in the culture around them with the message of the cross, but they often don’t know how to start. It seems a little intimidating to hang out with those who aren’t followers of Jesus. It’s much more comfortable to do things together with Christian friends. To […]

8 Ways to Develop a Prayer Base for Church Planting



“Prayer is not preparation for the battle – prayer is the battle.” Oswald Chambers Even though many church planters pray personally and believe in the power of prayer, rarely do they invest in developing a prayer base before starting out to plant a church. Developing a prayer base is critical! 8 Ways to Develop a Prayer […]

What a Disciplemaker Needs to Do



In the simplest sense, a disciplemaker needs to make disciples who make disciples. That’s the nature of a disciplemaker. They are intentionally making disciples. And those whom they disciple are intentionally making disciples. Disciplemakers are committed to multiplying generations of disciplemakers. Jesus was a disciplemaker. If you want to make disciples, follow Jesus and do what Jesus […]

How to Really Measure Success In Your Church



I was intrigued by a recent post I read by Seth Godin. He writes… Avoiding the false proxy trap Sometimes, we can’t measure what we need, so we invent a proxy, something that’s much easier to measure and stands in as an approximation. TV advertisers, for example, could never tell which viewers would be impacted […]

7 Habits of Great Coaches



What does it take to be a great coach? Dr. Steve Ogne says,  “Coaching is the hands-on process   of helping people succeed.” To be a great coach you have to cultivate the habits of great coaches. What do great coaches do? Do that! hab·it noun 1. an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become […]

28 Resources for Planting Churches



I received an email this morning from my good friend Phil Peterson asking about resources for a church planting initiative. I’d appreciate your help.  The short-answer is I’m looking for recommended contacts, resources, ideas on church-planting models, criteria for candidates, and whatever else you think would help me coordinate our church-planting initiative.  Here’s my response […]

Who Should Plant Churches?


Plant Churches

I had a phone call yesterday with my friend Paul Madson. Paul and I both planted churches in 1990. I was in Castaic, California planting Lake Hills Community Church. Paul was in Peoria, Arizona planting New Life Community Church. Both of us were blessed to be part of the Missionary Church Western District. Yesterday as we spoke, Paul […]

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7 Basic Coaching Insights



Recently someone who participated in the Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program asked for some insights on coaching in a cross cultural context. I shared some basic concepts that are helpful in any coaching context. Let me know what you think… 7 Basic Coaching Insights 1) Relationship is key! (This is difficult to establish in a […]

Giving Back to the Community Is Giving to Christ!



I met Pastor Jason Lane in Little Rock, Ark. several months ago. He attended The Multiplication Workshop and then headed back to lead his church in Palmetto, Fla. to engage in making disciples who make disciples. To discover how they are doing this, feel free to contact Pastor Jason, or read this story of serving […]

Six Ways to Say No



One of the struggles that many Christian leaders have is in the area of time management. It’s important to be disciplined with how you use the time in each day. As my friend John Smith told me many years ago: You only have enough time to do the will of God.  John challenged me to […]

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