The Gates of Hades Shall Not Prevail…And Church Growth?

This morning, I picked up a copy of a book on one of the shelves at Cornerstone. The book is on church planting and is entitled Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century (second edition). Yes, I know, crazy that I’m reading a paper copy of a book these days. It does happen…a little.

Even crazier just might be the fact that I’m reading an American author on church planting. Planting churches is something deeply embedded within me, but in the past, I would have been quite closed to engaging with American thoughts around church planting and growth. It’s mainly because I have not been pleased with the normative approach in such discussions – a more capitalistic focus. But, in what I hope is an effort in growth in humility, I have begun to let down my guard to being so anti-American on things to do with the church. It’s somewhat hip to find yourself in such a camp today (even if you are a part of the American church). And while I don’t think I will find all the answers to church planting and growth in this book, I am convinced I can, and will, learn something from this book. Continue reading

Planting Churches

Watch this short video (length 4:55) before reading my thoughts below.

 

There are particular buzz words within the church today. Some of them include such words as missional, community, discipleship, relevant, authentic, and, of course, church planting (well, that’s two words).

None of those words mentioned above are bad words, by any means. They are actually quite important words. But when words, and their concepts, become fashionable and hip, that is when they could become problematic. Continue reading