Thursday, March 06, 2008
We get the keys for our building today, woo hoo!!!! Still only a very small amount of finance raised. Stress is starting to creep up on me, I can feel it building.....
I was listening to a friend of mine this morning he was chatting about church and where he feels it needs to go, here are a few of his observations:
The picture above sums up where we need to be going
95 per cent of all churches worldwide have less than 100 people, either we are doing it wrong or that is the way God intended it. It's not about size, it's what we do with it thats important.
John Wimber said if your church hasn't grown in the last 5 years it probably won't!
So what do you do with that? Plant a new one.
People don't plant churches they plant singing services, the Bible doesn't talk about planting churches, it talks about making disciples. A singing service or just a gathering on a Sunday is not a church plant...... even a midweek service with DJ's and candles isn't a church plant.
Identify the places no one else wants to go to and go there.
We've got to move on, there are villages we have to go to, places we have to go to, things we have to do, we have to move on.
They were great words, they made me want to go somewhere darker and plant a community.
If I could just dream for a minute, "where would be good places to go and plant communities?"
1. Southern Ireland (least evangelised English speaking country in the world)
2. Las Vegas (America in general needs some fresh expressions of church)
3. Eastern Europe (Learn a weird language)
4. Spain (hard soil, beautiful weather)
5. Council estates in the UK (probably council estates all over the world, move in don't just visit)
6. Pubs (buy or lease one and make it happen)
7. With old people (They are living longer)
8. Amongst street gangs (This could be wild, would probably involve doing number 5)
9. Brothels (Check out Kelly Greene)
10. The Muslim World (We've got to think about this one)
11. Immigrant communities (I was a stranger and you welcomed me in)
There are probably quite a few more dangerous places that the church needs to go to.
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