What does it take to start a movement?

March 16, 2010

 

I came across a great short article based on the book of Ephesians.  It takes a look at how Paul was part of a great missionary movement.  It’s now our time to move.

Check out the article here.  Thanks to “Redeemer City to City,” a church planting organization, for the great resources and innovative ministry.  Check out other great church planting organizations like Anglican 1000, Acts 29, Church Planting Canada.


What if…1000 wasn’t too much?

December 21, 2009

A new website from the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has just been launched, called anglican1000.  They’ve made a new proclamation that they intend to plant 1000 new churches in five years.  Now, I like to dream big, but that’s remarkable.  The ACNA formed recently with the aim of creating a “separate ecclesiastical structure” for Anglican faithful in North America distinct from the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.  They now have almost 800 churches.

I seem to be reminded, again and again, that growth often comes out of grassroots renewal.  Old-line churches are shrinking on almost every front, but groups that grow up out of stagnation often have new motivation to develop leaders, engage in missionary activity, plant churches, and evangelize in new ways.  The proclamation even calls on seminaries and parishes to develop new models of ministry. 

The ACNA is asking a series of great questions that I think we in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada can ask, and resolve to pursue.  Firstly, who is Jesus (Christology), what is he doing in the world (Missiology), and how can we join him (Ecclesiology)? 

In closing, I like this:

“Bishop-elect Todd Hunter sent delegates and participants of the Inaugural Assembly out with a charge to help build the Kingdom of God.  “No one cares about our ‘brand’ or our internal disputes.  It is about making new Christians.”

Amen.


What if…we created a church multiplication council?

November 9, 2009

Growing denominations are denominations with a multiplication strategy.  The Apostle Paul started churches with ordinary people in towns he visited throughout his missionary journeys.  Is church multiplication about to stop with us? 

Consider the efforts of the Assemblies of God church, they’ve passed some resolutions to put church multiplication front and centre.  Here is an excerpt from a recent article:

“The number of AG churches that are using multi-site strategies to increase their ministry scope has grown dramatically over the past few years,” [Steve Pike] said, according to the denomination.

The jump coincides with the explosion of multi-site churches across all churches in the country. Researchers from the Leadership Network estimate there are currently 3,000 multi-sites, up from 300 in the year 2000.

Recognizing the success and potential of the multi-site methodology, the Assemblies of God has scheduled events and training beginning this month to educate members about the new strategy and equip them to become Parent Affiliated Churches.

“We already have plans for four boot camps designed specifically for PAC/multi-site churches for next year,” said Leo Crosby, marketing and communications director for the Church Multiplication Network.

The new multi-site push is part of the Assemblies of God’s effort to become a church planting and church multiplication movement. The Church Multiplication Network was formed in 2007 to encourage churches across the denomination to work together and plant as many churches as possible.

You can read the whole article here.

church plantersLearn more about Church Multiplication Network created by the Assemblies of God.  The “Church Multiplication Network collaborates with church multipliers to effectively equip, strategically fund and innovatively network new faith communities.”

What if we created a department that championed a vision of growth and church multiplication?


What if…we were proactive about where we started new churches?

September 29, 2009

New details about “Plan It Calgary” are now out.  It is a long term plan to develop Calgary into a bustling modern city. 

Here are some websites with details on the plan:

Plan It Calgary Microsite

Plan It Calgary Maps

Clearly, the city is doing some serious thinking about what neighborhoods will look like and how density levels will change.  Now, more than ever, we need to do some serious thinking about how the Lutheran Church in Calgary will grow with the city.  Where are the up and coming neighborhoods?  Is there any designated space for churches?  Why not?  Can we carve out space in the up-and-coming neighborhoods now?

If we cast a vision in Calgary today, we can establish centres of Christ-centered worship, service, and the hope of Jesus Christ.  What if we were proactive and charted a new direction?  Church planting is essential to the wellbeing of our Synod and the ELCIC as a whole – let’s see what can be done!


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