A few convictions and random ideas:
- If we’re going to reach the world the church must learn to multiply. On and off campus.
- Church planting and multiplication must be done with greater simplicity, regularity, and more organically.
- As a church leader I must practice “catch and release”, “low control-high accountability”, “sending the whole church” in order to maximize multiplication and disciple making.
- Christianity started out as a movement driven by a message passed on by ordinary people across their relational networks. Christianity will spread faster as a movement than as an institution.
- Jesus regularly sent people out before they were “ready.” People are more ready than I want to admit most of the time.
- You’re never “ready” to plant a church, so that means you’re always ready to plant a church. Just do it.
- If a church doesn’t plant another church in its first three years it likely never will.
- Starting a worship service is different from planting a church or making disciples.
- Discipleship should result in disciple makers. Disciple makers will spark multiplication.
- Discipleship leads to mission. Want a missional, outwardly focused church? Teach people the ways of Jesus.
- God won’t call us to something we can’t handle. Wrong. God always calls us to impossible tasks. Church multiplication is impossible without the Holy Spirit.
This weekend, on the second anniversary of Bridge Church in West St. Tammany, we’re gathering for worship to begin a second church in Tangipahoa Parish. Are we ready? We were born ready.