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Church Planting Lessons - Part B

11 February, 2004 1:24 PM

This is part 2 in the series of 'Lessons' I've been learning having being part of planting the Livingroom over the past year. Also Read Part A, Part C, Part D, Part E and Part F.

2. Mission needs to be central. - Too many churches (and individuals) have the attitude of having to have the worship, constitution, structure, preaching, buildings etc worked out before they do mission. In this sense they want to get their ecclesiology worked out before they work out their missiology. I believe this is the wrong way around. Ecclesiology should emerge out of missiology. This is the way I see it happening in Acts. The early church didn't really have much worked out when it came to how they organized themselves when the Holy Spirit got them into Mission. As you do mission you begin to see what the church should look like. As you begin to interact with your wider community you begin to see what shape worship might take etc.

3. Read 'The Shaping of Things to Come' - by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost. It is the best thing I've read written about missional church. Also I would recommend Ignition for any group starting out as a new group. It will give you a language to talk about Mission and help people to challenge some of their paradigms of church/mission. We ran it as our main meeting - I would suggest either running it as a separate meeting or to break it up a little with other stuff if you're just starting out as it goes for 3 months and you might need to be also working on other things. I know of a number of groups who started with Ignition and ended up planting churches - its a great starting point that will give your group a great paradigm and language for mission.



And Alan Hirsch is from Melbourne! :)

jenn » 11 February, 2004 10:59 PM

l will like you to be sending me messages on missiology

nicholas » 23 September, 2004 2:42 AM

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