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My name is Edward Paz. 

In September of 2013, my wife and I, along with 18 others, planted theMOVEMENT Church in Oakland, California. Over the last 5+ years, the experience of starting and growing a church from scratch has humbled me, frustrated me, grown me, and brought me greater joys than any other endeavor I've ever involved myself with.

I've failed a lot, I've learned a lot, I've read a lot, and I've processed a lot and if there is any way my experiences (and the books that I've read!) can save another church planter time, effort, energy, and stress, praise God! 

With that in mind, the purpose of this site and the resources contained within it is simple: encourage church planters. 

To start. To continue. To persevere. To forgive. To believe. To grow. To reflect. To dream. 

By sharing my insights and the insights of many others much wiser than me, my intention is that this site would prove to be a valuable, practical, and on-time resource for various seasons along your church planting journey. 

I intend to encourage you, primarily, through:

And just in case you're wondering, "Why are you investing your time and energy in something like this? Shouldn't you be focused solely on leading your church?"  That's a great question, and my answer is this: This is a way, I am leading my church.

Over the next 8 years, our vision at theMOVEMENT Church is to become a family of 8 churches planted in 8 public schools in the city of Oakland. This is going to require that I discover, develop, and deploy 7 additional lead pastors who are "called to plant." If this website only encourages and equips the church planters who will serve at theMOVEMENT, it will have served its purpose.

On the other hand, if God, in His providence, decides that it should serve an even wider audience, to Him be the glory!