Some ruminations on church planting

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A brief rumination on the essential aspects to consider in church planting. Looking at a "church does what God calls its people to do." While a church has doctrine, it exists to be and do ministry (theology) - its community is the natural outcome of its functional mission/theology. Some questions to ask yourself on "do you have what it takes to lead/facilitate planting?

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Some ruminations on church planting

  1. 1. Church on ?????? Ruminating with JCD on planning a church plant
  2. 2. A church and its’ people do theology in three ways . . . <ul><li>They Glorify God, </li></ul><ul><li>They win the lost, and </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the found… </li></ul>A church holds doctrine DOES theology is community
  3. 3. The Biblical Journey into church life . . . <ul><li>Becoming part of a Christian community or church is the natural outcome of a three-stage journey, described by “3 B’s” </li></ul><ul><li>Belong – experience an acceptance that lets you “come-as-you-are” into the group, then </li></ul><ul><li>Believe – establish a Biblical faith centred in Jesus, and </li></ul><ul><li>Behave – develop a Biblical life style as an outcome of acceptance and growing personal faith in Jesus </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pastoral and teaching leadership . . . <ul><li>  How would you fill the picture? What would be the credentials that would inspire people to participate with you? How would you serve the vision, renew the workers and fulfil the Biblical purposes in a planting enterprise? Do you have enough equipping, ministry-formation education to match your perceived anointing? </li></ul>
  5. 5. What makes a church a church? <ul><li>A Church is, a growing group of the People of God who have come into relationship thorough a personal experience of regeneration in Jesus Christ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(John 3:36; Romans 1:18; 5:9; Galatians 2:16ff; Ephesians 2:19). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jesus who provided the ground of regeneration- reconciliation through His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 3:24; 5:9; Titus 3:7; Hebrews 9:22), is the foundation (Ephesians 2:20-22) and head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23). </li></ul><ul><li>Those who have been regenerated are made part of the Church by the work of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:18) through whom they are sealed for the day of final redemption (Ephesians 1:14). </li></ul>
  6. 6. The place of formal beliefs or doctrines . . . <ul><li>Formal beliefs or doctrines should be characterised by being essential , minimal and missional . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Essential </li></ul><ul><li>Who is God? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the Bible? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is Jesus and what has He done? </li></ul><ul><li>Who am I and how do I grow as a Christian? </li></ul>Minimal What God wants and why we are here? Missional How can we be God’s people in the earth and effect our world?
  7. 7. A church does what God calls its’ people to do . . . <ul><li>While a church exists to glorify God, win the lost and develop the found – that’s the “general what” it does. Each local church has both a “specific what,” and a “working how” based on the giftedness and ministering community of its actual people. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Church life, mission and relationships beyond Sunday . . . <ul><li>Being the People of God in our society, </li></ul><ul><li>Developing cells and relationships to support each other in life and winning / discipling new followers of Jesus, </li></ul><ul><li>Building vision, missional lifestyle, and functioning in Global missions involvements, </li></ul><ul><li>Providing pastoral and life care, </li></ul><ul><li>Participating in experiences of corporate worship and Christian celebration, and </li></ul><ul><li>Experiencing Biblical equipping based on personal and corporate giftedness. </li></ul>

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