How Not to Plant a Church

Tim Chester wrote a post called Planting Biblically-Rooted Churches.  I recommend the whole post but I found his description of the dangers of church planting very helpful

Here are some dangers when planting a church:

  • to replicate your sending church or your past experience of church (a replica church)
  • to plant a church defined by what it is not (a reactionary church)
  • to plant the church you and friends always wanted to be part of (ideally suited to Christians, but not missional)
  • to attempt to reproduce exactly what went on in the first century apostolic churches (restorationist church which tend to be inward-looking)
  • to plant a church which is so ‘incarnational’ or ‘missional’ or ‘contextualized’ that it assimilates to the wider culture (and so in the end has nothing to offer)

Read the whole thing here

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