Church Planting: easy vs. hard

Jeff Vanderstelt has taught me a crucial truth about church planting:

Planting (and planning) services is easy, making disciples (who can make more disciples who can make more disciples) is hard.  But planting a church is the latter and not the former.

He talked about this truth in a message called, “Being a Leader who Grow Leaders” and wrote about it in a blog post entitled, “Observations about Church Planting.”

Update: Steve Timmis says the same thing in his own words:

If we think of church as primarily a Sunday morning meeting, an event, then the majority of our effort is going to be invested in putting on that event.  That’s what we’re going to be building towards.  That’s what we’re going to be focused on.  That’s what we’re going to be investing all of our energies into.  But if church is not less than that event, but significantly more than that event, then getting everyone togther for a public meeting is the easy step… But seeing a people pulled together, built together, through the gospel by the Holy Spirit, now that’s an altogether different task.  That’s of a different magnitude and order.    That, though brothers and sisters, is the long haul of seeing an authentic and alternative community that is created that models the reign of Christ by the gospel life that they live that invites others into it by the gospel word that they speak.  That’s really what church planting is.  It’s not just to put on an event.  It’s to build a church, a community of people living under the reign of King Jesus.

Jeff’s words from his post on this topic were:

1. The Bible doesn’t command us to plant churches, but “plant” the Gospel and make disciples. Churches grow up in that soil as Jesus builds his Church – So…Are we making disciples as Jesus defined disciples (Able to do all that Jesus commanded and trained his dis@ <E@ake disciples who make disciples)?

2. It seems that the large costs (referred to above) has a lot to do with planting services (the costs of buildings, supplies, equipment, a preacher, a worship leader, a children's ministry, etc…) and not making disciples who make disciples – Is it possible that Planting Churches could be a lot less expensive if our focus was on Making Disciples and not mainly on starting services? (I am not against the gathering, but my experience has been that making disciples cost less money and produces greater generosity to support the mission).

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About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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