OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
What kind of ‘church’ do you want us to plant Bob? (And Chris, for that matter!)
My own ministry philosophy is for a church planter (or team) to consider their “SHAPE” (per Rick Warren) in plotting their strategy:
(If memory serves.)
We need churches for old people whose friends and relatives are dead or dying and who can’t quite figure out how things are changing around them. We need churches for dysfunctional people who are doing well just to show up for life every day. We need churches for prodigal Christians who are afraid they’ve blown it with God. We need churches for secular people who never give God much thought at all. We need to nurture, challenge, and equip. Churches that are strong in one area inspire those that are weak, and are often inspired in their turn.
So, I’m not real picky on what kinds of churches “we,” in general, should plant. When it comes to enlisting my own financial support or my personal involvement, I tend to consider SHAPE. Otherwise, I’m just glad a new church is being planted.