Book Tour — Planting a Church Without Losing Your Soul

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Book Tour — Planting a Church Without Losing Your Soul

What does it take to be a church planter or other ministry entrepreneur?
Most leaders start out with passion, a sense of calling, and a focus on building ministry skills. Such things might get some results, but they are not enough to sustain a healthy ministry—or a healthy life. Beyond the vocational capacities every church planter needs, there’s a range of capabilities more difficult to measure but even more essential: what veteran church planter Tim Morey calls spiritual competencies.

Morey provides here a practical guide to spiritual formation geared to the unique needs of church planters. He helps readers answer the questions, What are the spiritual capabilities that I as a church planter need to develop? How might I lean into the work Jesus is doing in these vital areas? Spiritual competencies have to do not just with behaviors but also with the motivations, agendas, and scripts that drive behaviors. Morey explores how church planters can become people who

  • invest in their own physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health
  • accept limits and share responsibilities
  • can be trusted with power
  • are able to stay resilient and grow through difficulties
  • can minister without being noticed
  • find a sustainable pace that helps them avoid burnout

The health of a church or any ministry organization is directly linked to the health of its leaders. Church planters may be used to improvising, but when it comes to their spiritual lives, they can’t afford to just wing it. Featuring real-life stories from leaders, suggested practices, and discussion questions in each chapter, this book will equip individuals and teams (and those who coach them) to commit to an intentional plan for spiritual formation—for the good of their churches, their relationships, and their own lives as disciples of Jesus.

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Featured Guest

Tim Morey

Tim Morey (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is founding and lead pastor at Life Covenant Church in Torrance, California. He serves as a church-planting coach for the Evangelical Covenant Church and as an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.


Dr. Cymbeline T. (Bem) Culiat is a scientist, teacher, and entrepreneur.

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Featured Guest

Tim Morey

Tim Morey (D.Min., Fuller Seminary, M.Div., Bethel Seminary) was born in San Diego where he accepted Christ at an early age, left the church as a teen, and was re-captured by the love of Jesus during college. Prior to planting Life, he served in college ministries in San Diego and Los Angeles. Tim is the proud father of Abigail and Hannah, whose beauty and charm prove that his wife Samantha has strong genes. He is the author of Embodying Our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church (InterVarsity Press) and Planting a Church Without Losing Your Soul: Nine Questions for the Spiritually Formed Pastor (InterVarsity Press).and a contributing author to Starting Missional Churches: Life With God in the Neighborhood (InterVarsity Press), Sent to Flourish: A Guide to Planting and Multiplying Churches (Intervarsity Press Academic). He serves on the national church planting team for the Evangelical Covenant Church and as an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary.


Shawn Lovejoy

Shawn is the Founder & CEO of His heart beats for coaching leaders through what keeps them up at night. Shawn has been a successful real estate developer, church planter, megachurch pastor, and successful entrepreneur and leadership coach. facilitates leadership growth and organizational health for leaders all around the globe. Shawn developed the GearsofGrowth® Assessment for Leaders and the Gears of Personal Growth® for Leaders. Shawn now leads a team of coaches through CourageToLead who coach leaders through what keep them up at night! Shawn is the author of three books. Be Mean About the Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters, released with Thomas Nelson Publishers in 2016. Shawn’s latest book The Measure of Our Success: Your Path To Significance, Satisfaction, & Leading Yourself To The Next Level releases nationally in April, 2019! Shawn has been married (for a quarter of a century!) to his partner and best friend Tricia Lovejoy, and they have three children: Hannah, Madison, & Paul. They all call Birmingham, AL home.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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