Church Planting is Not About You

Posted on August 28, 2008
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Church Planting is not about you.  So, if you wouldn’t feel comfortable worshipping one way or another, if a particular location or communication style wouldn’t ‘work’ for you, it really doesn’t matter.

Church Planting is about reaching the lost.  Consequently, if reaching the lost means planting a church that meets in a pub after-hours, then meet in the pub.  If reaching the lost means getting on Second Life - even if you could care less about Second Life - then you get on Second Life.  If the lost love rap music, then you worship in rap.

Once again, church planting is not about you and what makes you comfortable.  Church planting is about the lost and what it takes to reach them with the Gospel.

Consequently, if it doesn’t go against the commands of Christ, I really don’t care if the environment doesn’t make me ‘feel’ like I’m worshiping.  I don’t care if I don’t ‘feel’ like I’m in church.  Because it’s not about me, it’s all about the lost.

If lost people connect with Christ and chose to obey all His commands, why does it matter whether they meet in homes, mega-churches, Second Life, Facebook, Twitter, Blackberry Messenger, ooVoo, etc?

Since when did the medium become more important than the message?  Since when did church planting become a selfish endevor rather than a self-sacrificing mission?  When did making Christians comfortable trump saving the dying, healing the sick, ministering to the homeless, and loving the lonely?

I don’t care if you are a mega-church evangelist or a house-church evangelist.  What I want to know is this, “Are you reaching the lost?  Are they coming to Christ?  Are they obedient? Are they reaching others?”

And that, my friends, is what church planting is all about.

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2 Responses to “Church Planting is Not About You”

  1. Brother Terry Simmons on August 28th, 2008 11:05 am

    Wow!

    What an amazing post. You hit the nail right on the head brother. It IS about reaching the lost.

    Amen!

  2. Dave Ingland on August 29th, 2008 3:17 am

    Paul, I agree with most of what you are saying and appreciate your boldness in conveying your thoughts. However, I disagree about church planters planting based on a particular environment in the way you stated it. You mention things like, “If the lost love rap music, then worship in rap.” I believe that if as much as I enjoy some forms of rap music, culturally I am not hip-hop and no one would respect me if I tried to be so. As a church planter I believe that I am carrying a mission based on a vision God gave me. It is not exclusive to me, but it calls me to a specific people in a specific community. I was not created to preach to those from a hip-hop culture therefore I wouldn’t be very effective or received well.

    It’s true that the focus should be on sharing the gospel to those that do not know Jesus and seeing God transform lives, but just showing up somewhere and believing that God will want me to do so isn’t going to work. Even the Apostle Paul clearly had leadings as to where he would preach and see churches established and his vision from God was to preach to Gentiles, not Jews in Jerusalem. Along the way some Jews would have heard the gospel preached by Paul, but they were not his target audience.

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