What would a Church Planting Movement look like in North America? How can we get there?

#Exponential 2011 Notes: Had the privilege of sitting in on a Church Planting Movements Panel led by Ed Stetzer with some of the best thinkers in the world on the topic:

A few notes:

Felicity Dale

  • The states may be the hardest place to be a Christian because there is no cost.
  • Ordinary people are the key to a church planting movement.
  • What would it look like if nobody cared who gets the credit?
  • In the reformation God put the Bible into the hands of ordinary people. Today, God is putting the church in the hands of ordinary people.
  • We need parallels to today’s “LEGACY Model” of church.
  • Aren’t house churches angry children of mega church parents? God will not multiply angry disgruntled groups.

Steve Addison

  • Why do movements talk resonate with people? The fact that Jesus can change peoples lives resonates with people. As he does, movements happen.
  • The mega church is a monster. You wake up and it wants you.
  • Faces and names change you.

George Patterson

  • You’ll never get a movement while pushing camels through the eye of a needle.
  • To start a movement in the states you must start a second track among the poor and marginalized people.
  • An obstacle is our emphasis on personal faith. The word personal is not in the Bible. Private, individualistic faith is death to a movement.
  • God does not see people as isolated individuals but as part of a larger social network.
  • Do what Jesus commanded and the apostles did. Use the Bible as a filter.
  • Love Jesus enough to obey his commands.
  • Build it around unbelievers.
  • Model evangelism in a way that everyone can do it.
  • Keep the deep Bible teachers out of the way.

David Garrison

  • Difficult paradigm in the U.S. because of our emphasis on planting “A” church instead of wanting to transform a region, then doing what it will take to do that.
  • Different mindset needed. We must think about our entire region or city instead of me and my church. And know that our role will be a small part if lasting change will happen.
  • Kaleidoscopic approach needed. Multiple weapons.
  • How do you eradicate cancer? Diet, surgery, treatment, etc.
  • A healthy Christian in the US is one that is busy with other Christians.

David Watson

  • Challenge in the US: We’re a one weapon army. Can’t win a war with a single weapon. What are the variety of weapons needed to reach this people.
  • Shift in thinking: To be a disciple you have to make disciples.
  • Christianity in the US is about management instead of leadership. Churches are management systems.
  • We need pastors to become leaders in their communities.

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