Jacob Fowler’s Church Planting Blog


This is the blog of former CBSM student, intern, guest preacher, etc: Jacob Fowler. God has called him to Chicago for an intense church planting internship. We CBSM’ers absolutely love church planting, and pray for many more of our students to get involved somehow someday. I think this is a very real, raw, and genuine post written by Jacob. Read it prayerfully for him, for Mosaic Church Chicago, and for the gospel to be planted in great power there!

Jacob Fowler

1.  Church planting is hard.  No really, if you have never done it before, I want you to take all the romantic ideas that you have about Church planting in you head and throw them out.  The great thing about it though, is that through difficulty beauty can still exist and lives are still transformed.

2.  Prayer is 100x’s more important than you think it is.  Before moving I knew that prayer was important, I mean I prayed… a little.  However, now I can see that there is no greater endeavor that a Church planter can embark on than to pray.  If we are ever going to see a true Church Planting Movement in America, we are first going to have to see a movement of pray among American Christians.  Simply ask yourself, do you weep over your city?  How could you ever expect to see something change that you…

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Sin <<< Salvation: Am I really all that bad? (Depravity)

Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
3 – Sin <<< Salvation – Depravity (mp3).mp3
3 – Sin <<< Salvation – Depravity (handout).pdf
3 – Sin <<< Salvation – Depravity (ppt)
3 – Sin <<< Salvation – Depravity (notes).doc
Joshua London preached this sermon on depravity. He was our CBSM intern for this summer and did and outstanding job. This sermon is all about how everyone is ridiculously sinful, and how we need to grasp that truth to see our need for Jesus!

Mark 5 – The Authority of Christ in Missions (by Justin Nettles)

Justin is one of our CBSM summer interns. Our summer interns are given tons of responsibilities like: write a message each each from the passage CBSM is going through that week, walk through their study of the message with Pastor Chip, go to staff meetings, go to CBSM small groups, lead a CBSM small group once over the summer, take one student out to eat to mentor them each week, complete miscellaneous tasks, work for/with each church staff member, etc. Since Justin believes he is called to be a youth pastor, I also gave him an opportunity to teach our students. So here he goes…Mark 5…The Authority of Christ in Missions (by Justin Nettles). Mark 5 on The Authority of Christ in Missions by Justin Nettles (mp3)

SMI’s: Student Ministry Internships

winter-internshipFree file for youth pastors:

Student Ministry Winter Intern (document)

Student Ministry Internships can come in all shapes and sizes.  Internships can be done for up to and over a year, other internships can be done for the summer.  Some interns are used to get lots of extra work done, and others are for the specific purpose of training them to do what you do.

The interns we went after and hired are members of our church who God has called into full-time ministry (one guy and one girl).  The purpose of our internship is to equip them for ministry, give them supervised ministry experience, and to use their gifts to benefit our student ministry.  If you want to see more specifically what we’re having them do, make sure to check out the booklet attached. Continue reading