I’ve been helped by thinking about things like this that Stetzer said:
If you are more excited by the “how” than the “who,” then you are being distracted. I must be sure that I do not fall in love with someone else’s ministry model and mission. If you listen to other churches’ success stories, you can become distracted by the model. Ministry pornography is an unrealistic depiction of something that you never going to have that distracts you from what you are supposed to do. The “how” of church planting is in many ways determined by the “who,” “when,” and “where” of culture. Too many church planters plant a church in their head and not in their communities. If you aren’t asking “how” you should plant, you have a problem.
I agree for the most part and have found myself too married to certain things CHBC did that I should not be doing in terms of particular forms. I’d like to make a significant qualification to Stetzer’s statement however. He said: “The ‘how’ of church planting is in many ways determined by the ‘who,’ ‘when,’ and ‘where’ of culture.” I’d modify that to say: “The ‘how’ of church planting is in many ways determined by the ‘what’ of Scripture and the ‘who,’ ‘when,’ and ‘where’ of culture.”
I’m certain Stetzer wouldn’t disagree and believes that himself. That’s why he says, “in many ways.”