This week I will be with my good friend David Putman. David helps us out a lot at Upstream. He is beginning a new project called “Planting the Gospel”. I look forward to learning more about that and helping him out as well.
He asked me a question the other day that I am putting some thought into. He said: Let’s say you were wanting to plant another church in the states.
What would that look like now?
What would be different from when you planted churches in the 90′s here?
How would you go about doing this?
I believe a lot has changed in the culture here. So I would have to be a learner.
I know I would pray a lot and get a ton of people praying with us.
I know I would learn as much as I could about the place we were feeling called to plant.
I would move into that area.
I would start figuring out the cultural differences between myself and the community and start navigating through them. I am sort of odd in that I am from the South but have spent the last ten years in Western Europe. No comments about me being odd. smile.
I think would try to find some sort of regular job in that community even if it were part-time.
I would try to find ways to serve that community by joining existing groups doing just that.
To me those are base lines and not by a long shot a complete list.
One big thing that I would change is this. I was much more concerned with our Sunday Services than anything else. As a result I would put much more effort into making global disciples instead of having a really good Sunday service. What that would look like I do not know for certain but I have some ideas.
Those are some initial thoughts. Maybe I will have some more. I hope so. It is a big question. It is a daunting task to plant a church. I am so encouraged my so many people these days planting churches here. I would learn from them for sure.