My name is Alicia Edquist, and I am an online graduate student in the New Media Journalism Masters of Arts program at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla.

I work in mass communications as an instructional lab technician and ad manager for the journalism program at a local community college in Southern California and am the communications administrator for a local church plant. I have an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism and a Bachelors of Science in Christian Ministry.

Based on my work and previous interest, this website will bring stories about church planting, which is the process of creating new churches in communities. This blog will feature the people involved and how these microcultures impact society. These stories will interest anyone who wants a closer look at what goes into planting a new church, church culture, local church events, trending local religious issues and more.

The term “church planting” can be confusing. It’s commonly confused with church gardening or the physical construction of a church.

Being involved with the new church is an opportunity to explore the world of church planting. This website will tell stories about why people are interested in planting churches. Why do churches recruit people to go out and plant more churches? What is the real purpose of having new churches when there are so many churches already in communities?

These articles will shed light on the cultural shift in planting churches from a historical point of view. Why are so many churches popping up? Who are they and what is their purpose in communities?

From my short time in working for a new church, I’ve discovered church planting is a rich process full of people who are passionate about helping people find God.

My hope for this blog is that it becomes a place of opportunity to open up conversations about church and society.

I hope you stay with me as I discover and encounter the world of church planting and a behind the scenes look at what it takes to plant a new church.