Jesus’ command to his disciples to embrace cross-bearing might read like this if we apply it to churches…
Much has been written to praise and critique Alan Hirsch’s book 5Q; Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ. Despite what is being said, I find Hirsch to be particularly compelling on a couple points:
Wow, it’s great to escape New York and come outside of traditional CRC circles to attend the Annual Pastors Prayer Summit organized by Concerts of Prayer and Lead NYC. The event draws a great mix of pastors and leaders from around the metro region including African denominations, charismatics, Baptists, Presbyterians and Methodists, all committed to seeking God’s presence for three days in Pennsylvania. Today we heard from speakers Jon Tyson (Church of the City, NYC) and Marc Rivera (Primitive Christian Church, NYC), a pastor of 40 years from the Lower East Side. Pastor Marc has been serving in the same neighborhood as City Grace Church since before I was born!
The Prayer Summit is focused this year on Psalm 23. We were reminded today that God is our shepherd and that he provides everything we need. Jon asked us to consider this question: Who is shepherding the shepherds? Who is leading us? Are we being formed more by the culture or by Jesus? Important questions to consider as we seek to faithfully lead God’s church into his fullness.
So all churches need renewal, and none more than the church which has stopped being renewed. If nothing is changing, if things are static, one can be sure that there is a deep need for renewal.
Here’s the top eight reasons your church should consider “parenting” a new congregation:
Church planting can be an extremely effective way of reaching communities for Christ
Church planting can be an excellent way to engage in making and multiplying disciples
Does your church have a vision statement? A vision statement is defined as a picture of a preferred future, a dream that will motivate and inspire your congregation to build and work towards something that is not yet a reality. Some churches have vision statements, but that’s all they are: statements.
New churches can be birthed in different ways, but discerning when and where to plant can be challenging. The following three parameters are generally a good place to start…
Church planters tend to think church planting is the only way to go. Those in established churches tend to be more concerned about church revitalization. Is there a middle ground between the two?