Lets clear up the confusion now that I have your attention. Although we do see a biblical model for church planting in the New Testament we don’t find a command. I am a huge believer in starting new churches just seems in recent years the emphasize has be placed more on the “overall church” and less on the disciple. I heard Mike Breen say, “You can get the church but you won’t necessarily get the disciple. BUT, If you get the disciple you will always get the church.” Breen’s quote embodies my argument.
“You can get the church but you won’t necessarily get the disciple. BUT, If you get the disciple you will always get the church.”
So…what is biblical? Simply put…making disciples. Matthew 28:16-20 clearly places the command on making disciples. Having started a new church I write from expreince when I make these claims. I too, was caught up in the enchantment of gathering large crowds of people and seeing hundreds, if not thousands of people coming to faith in Jesus Christ. I still believe in the Pentecost revival we read about in the Scriptures. However, most church planters today want pentecost but fail to put in the work to get there. Jesus discipled his followers for 3 years before they were sent out. What makes us think we should be any different? I have the opportunity to train other church planters and I am amazed of Pastors/Planters who have never been discipled. How in the world will be make it? I want to propose a planting philosophy:
1. Make Disciples – If you can’t make disciples you will never get the church. You may play church but eventually you will fail.
2. Appoint Leaders – Out of those that were discipled identify those who have the calling of God on their lives and empower them to carry out the work of the ministry.
3. Plant God’s Church – Now that you have co-labores to work in the harvest fields, GO FOR IT!
4. Hold On – Watch God multiply your community faster than you ever have before.
Go make disciples and you will get the church!