David Fitch on Missional Church Planting

kinnon —  January 29, 2008 — 1 Comment

From On the Ones Who Would Go and Seed Missional Communities.

The landscape of post-Christendom demands we think about church planting with a new eye for faithfulness, truth and integrity. Among the new missional leaders, church is the name we give to a way of life, not a set of services. We do not plant an organized set of services; we inhabit a neighborhood as the living embodied presense of Christ. Missional leaders now root themselves in a piece of geography for the long term. We survey the land for the poor and the desperate, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. We seek to plant seeds of ministry, kernels of forgiveness, new plantings of the gospel among “the poor (of all kinds)” and then by the Spirit water them, nurture them into the life of God in Christ. We gather on Sunday, but not for evangelistic reasons. We gather to be formed into a missonal people sent out into the neighborhood to minister grace, peace, love and the gospel of forgiveness and salvation. The biggest part of church then is what goes on outside gathering. If the old ways of planting a church were like setting up a grocery store, now it is more like seeding a garden, cultivating it, watching God grow it amidst the challenges of the rocks, weeds and thorns (I owe this metaphor to Matt Tebbe, a co-pastor at Life on the Vine). What do these leaders look like? How can we walk alongside them?

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One response to David Fitch on Missional Church Planting

  1. Hi Bill Kinnon
    Church is the name we give to a way of life, not a set of services, this is absolutely right what you said because now a days people are thinking that Church is a place where they will be provide with different services, how ever it is the other side of the Church, thanks for remembering this phrases in your article.

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