I own the url www.rescuechurchplanting.com (It's not live). I purchased it four years ago thinking I might write a book on it. All I've done to this point is paid the annual fee. This article prompted me to buy it. I think in many ways this article is my own confession as it relates to church planting. I thought I would repost it.
Church planting as a movement has lost its way and is in need of rescuing.
A church planter came in to meet with me after attending the hottest new plant in our city. He was intoxicated with vision. He couldn’t say enough good stuff about the way this new church operated. It was running over 600 people while just a little over six months old. After the planter talked about signage, parking, greeting, hosting, childcare, worship, preaching, and so on he paused to catch his breath. I asked him a simple question, “What about Jesus?” “Pardon me?” he replied with a puzzled look. I repeated myself, “What about Jesus? Where was Jesus in all this?” He pause and went introspective. In a few moments he returned. This time there were tears in his eyes as he replied, “There was no Jesus!”
Jesus paints a vivid picture of this when he addresses the Church of Laodicea, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelations 3:20). Where is Jesus in this picture? What is he doing outside his church? How did we come this far?
Planting the Gospel is a movement about rescue. Our mission is to rediscover the simplicity and beauty of Jesus and his ways resulting in dozens of movement making churches, hundreds of church plants, thousands of disciples, and millions of gospel seeds sown.
Our prayer is that God will rescue us from ourselves. It’s our desire that Jesus and Jesus alone will be enough. We need nothing else. We confess that we have made church planting more about…
God save us from ourselves! We repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! We embrace your way as the only way. We commit to plant the Gospel as reflected by…
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Plant the gospel. Make disciples. Form the church.
David Putman is founder of PTG and a Lead Navigator for Auxano.