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Church Planting Effectiveness in a Single Sentence
Thankfully, much is being said and written from a variety of perspectives about the importance of planting new churches. Sometimes the sheer volume of these works can seem a bit overwhelming.
But what if we could boil church planting effectiveness into a single sentence?
Church planting qualifications
- Church planting is a partnership between the human and the Divine and "unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain" (Psalm 127:1a). For the sake of brevity and clarity, this statement intentionally seeks to deal only with the "human side" of the equation. It is offered in spirit of Mark Driscoll's sentiment on the intersection of the human and Divine that "the Spirit makes the wind blow but we can set the sails."
- There is also tricky element in this as well in that we could "do all of the right things" and still see the church we plant shut down. Economies can crash. Pandemics can kill core groups. Sin happens. This statement is simply an observation of the components that typically help churches get planted than a "sure-fire" plan for growth. I also hope it creates some helpful dialogue on the topic.
Church planting effectiveness in a single sentence
"Get the right guy, rightly equipped, with the right heart, right doctrine, and right team, in the right place at the right time doing the right things, and good things will happen."
So what do you think? Respond on Facebook.