Every church should plant!
Step 1 : We have to be mission minded. Not summer evenglistic short term mission only, Not mission in a crusade manner only. But mission in a 24/7 manner. It’s easy to say and it’s easy to write about but it’s not easy to live.
What is the role of the church? “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever”? Yes just as this from the Westminister Catechism’s (c1640’s) shortest text reminds us. But how? As a church several simple stages come to mind.
1. Reach the lost: Translate the gospel message through life and word to unbelievers
2. Nurture the young: Teach and disciple new and young Christians.
3. Disciple the Growing: Stretch and mentor those understanding and experiencing a balanced walk
4. Launch the mature: Every leadership should seek to establish servant ministry within the church body. Launching into gifts and callings that individuals have is enormously important. Then planting becomes a habit instead of splits and divisions.
(Secret: Here the importance of servant leadership is singularly relevant. Own nothing, give all glory to God and watch the church grow)
Step 2 : We have to have an outreach strategy. A plan prayerfully discerned, relevant and culturally sensitive for our neighbours and friends. A plan that places the full gospel message into the lives of our community. God promises He is faithful when we are obedient.
Step 3 : Be ready to harvest. In John’s gospel, Jesus sowed and harvested instantly. Being prepared both for long ground cultivation and instant harvest is best to plan.