CNLP 094: Matt Chewning on Planting a Church From Scratch…in Boston

Of all the things Boston is known for, being kind to church planters is one NOT of them.

But Matt Chewning heard a call, left a career in corporate America and started Netcast Church. Matt shares the ins and outs of how his church has become one of the fastest growing churches in New England.

Welcome to Episode 94 of the Podcast.


Guest Links: Matt Chewning

Netcast Church

Netcast Church on Instagram

Netcast Church on Twitter

Matt Chewning on Twitter

Links Mentioned


Bryan Miles; Episode 45

Sarah Piercy; Episode 90

William Vanderbloemen; Episode 19

Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook

Josh Gagnon; Episode 61

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

Planting a church can be messy, so when Matt heard from God to start a church in Boston, he had to rely on faith while taking a direct, unorthodox approach. He kept an open mind knowing he wanted to create something unique, authentic and balanced. Here’s what he did to get started:

  1. Meet with people. Matt wanted to meet with as many people as he could so he learn their context personally. You can’t just open a book or do research online to learn the demographics of the area you want to serve. It’s essential that you put yourself out there. Matt jumped into Facebook groups and offered to buy coffee for those who would sit down and talk to him. He said he was doing a project and wanted to know three things from people: What they believed, why they believe it and how it affects the way they live.
  2. Leverage social media. Matt had a team who went into the community and asked people what their hang-ups were about Christianity. He then produced 2-3 minute videos with responses that he shared in community Facebook groups. As word spread, people started showing up for services.
  3. Commit to a relationship. When you speak the gospel, you speak to people universally, and you want to communicate those principals to those in your church and those new to your service. But what happens after someone visits for the first time? Matt has a system of calls-to-action in place to ensure that an authentic relationship is formed and that person continues to feels welcomed.


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Next Episode: Rusty George

Rusty George didn’t plant Real Life Church, but he saw it grow from a small gathering in a movie theater to a multisite church of over 5000 attenders.

Rusty talks openly and honestly about the highs and lows of growth, staffing, change and raising money to fund a vision to reach unchurched people.

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1 Comment

  1. Scott on June 29, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Fun interview…sometimes shooting from the hip is not a bad thing, but Matt also learned the value of systems in that adopting them is not just “selling out.”

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