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?
This post is my attempt to do so.
Let me begin with a couple of important qualifications.
1. Church planting is a partnership between the human and the Divine and “unless the Lord builds the house, the workers labor in vain” (Ps. 127:1a). For the sake of brevity and clarity, the following statement intentionally seeks to deal only with the “human side” of the equation. It is offered in spirit of the that “the Spirit makes the wind blow and it is our job to set the sails.”
2. 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 crash. Sin happens. Core groups dissolve. 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 topics.
So, with those things said, here's by best effort:
“Get the right team, rightly equipped, with right doctrine and the right heart, in the right place at the right time, doing the right things and good things will happen.”
The floor is open. What do you think?