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This afternoon Jeff and I had a phone meeting with David Fairchild who is an Elder at Kaleo Church in paradise San Diego. We’ve been impressed with Kaleo and how they do ministry as they seem to be a church that is really trying to start a movement by doing church in various domains in SD and not just a Sunday attraction. Although they do have Sunday experiences. I guess they are a model to us. We can have Sunday gathering, but also build a missional DNA and not let Sunday become a bottleneck in which a bunch of Christians listening to some “cool” speaker talk about missional living.

I’ve said it before, but It’s so vital to learn from other leaders. It’s also important to realize that all leaders and churches are struggling to go to the next level. Church planting is messy, it’s hard, you have to adapt on the fly. You can read books and attend conferences and listen to podcasts, but the best form of learning comes from conversations from those who are in the midst of church planting. They understand the frustrations and wars that a planter goes through. That is priceless in my book.

So props to David Fairchild for spending time with us, we learned a lot and gained much encouragement.

My buddy Jonathon has started a new blog Church Planting Novice. Check it out and follow hos church planting journey. He’s a great writer/thinker and I’m looking forward to watching his church make an impact here in Austin.

I probably should stop blogging right now…

But…I’m not going to stop….

So…

I just want to say this-I’m over church planting-I think it’s over-rated.

There, I said it 🙂

Why?

Because church planting has become the prima donna of the evangelical world.  I just think we can’t stop at “church-planting.” Church planting is not enough. Sunday’s are not enough. Numbers who attend are not enough.
I want to focus more on being a catalyst for movements…(Which includes church planting) I just worry that church planting in and of itself has not got the ROI that we need in America. Also, I think church planting in America has really hurt the global church. We spend so much of our resources in America on reaching suburbanites. Hmm, we spend the most money on reaching the wealthiest-strange! If I was not a lazy blogger I could come up with all the stats, how fewer and fewer people are attending church now then ever, etc.

Just because you start a church and you have 10,50,100,200 at launch does not make you a missional church. We’ve got to stop using the word missional. Showing up and hearing a sermon and listening to worship does not make you missional. But leaving the the four-walls of the church and “living” out the gospel in your community-that is missional.

I think we spend so much time, effort and resources to attract people to our services. Maybe it’s time to really create pathways for people to understand the Lordship of Jesus and how He had called them to “go” into their world and “proclaim” the gospel story with action, love, justice and power. And then bring them into our church community. No money spent on “hooks” or anything.

Think about this. When is the last time you got together with fellow friends and just worshiped and prayed?  Not planned, not scripted, not forced. Just natural. Just some friends who love each other and Jesus. I can’t remember, maybe 10 years for me. Back then I believed prayer and community could change the world.

Sorry for the randomness. I just can’t grasp this deep stirring in my soul. Something must change. Somehow movements have to break out and missional men and women must walk with Jesus into their world with the sole purpose of bringing redemption.

If I’m “off” on something please let me know. This is not a negative post-I just want to think deeper from a missional perspective.

Carl over a the Revival Blog asked me what ONE book I would recommend to future church planters. Man, that is such a tough question. So many great reads. But if I had to choose one book to give to a church planter-off the top of my head I would recommend Erwin McManus book An Unstoppable Force.

This book is not a specific book on church planting…Instead the book really deals with the idea of movement from a church’s perspective.

From Erwin’s website:

An Unstoppable Force will:

  • Challenge you to see God’s vision for the mission and purpose of the church.
  • Help you to explore specific changes in the culture that call for immediate change in the church.
  • Offer practical ways for your church to find its unique voice and identity to express Christ’s love and faith to your culture.
  • Present interactive questions in each chapter to foster discussion about the life of your church, its focus on Christ, and how it can be a richer influence on your culture.

Had a blast hanging out with Jonathan Dodson at Progress Coffee. Jonathan is a church planter who is beginning to gather a core team that will launch a church in downtown Austin. Rock on!

Man I love church planters. These cats take a lot of risk, most folks have no clue how hard it is to start something from the ground up. Please say a prayer for him and feel free to throw some funds his way.

Shalom

For those of you that have created a Virb page. I just wanted to let you know that I created a group for church planters. So if you want to connect with other planters who Virb-Click the link below.

Church Planting group for Virb.

You can also find my page here.

Some clarity from Acts 29.

I truly respect these cats and even though we disagree on some theological points I think they are by far the most compelling and successful church planting network that I know of.

These guys are so passionate about the gospel and missional living. Plus they do a lot to help “all” planters learn how to build great churches. And for that they should be honored and respected.

I was suppose to be in Orlando this week for the National New Church Conference. But I was not able to make it. Bailey had a school performance last night and I was not about to miss it.

Anyhow Jeff has been taking some great notes. I love how we get a chance to redeem technology. For those of us who missed the conference, we still get a glimpse of the conversation and we can also take home some great content because of the web and those who are taking time to blog their thoughts and musing.

I will try and link some more bloggers who are attending the conference tonight.

Planter Planet has been resurrected from the dead. After a long hiatus it’s good to see it back online. If you are a church planting junkie like me. You have to check it out.

Thanks John for taking time to run with this ministry.

Is it possible to work a 5 day week as a church planter? I spent a lot of time trying to hammer out a weekly schedule today and I just don’t see it happening. I think once you hire multiple staff and admin support…Then maybe you can take two days off. But for me, I think I’m going to take Saturday’s and half day Sunday. Since I’m not the main communicator Sunday’s are not totally exhausting for me.

Also, why is it when I try to get ahead of my sermon prep, I get behind?

Oh crap, I still need to do my taxes. Err!