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From J.D. Payne:

The Incarnation is the most apostolic act recorded in the Bible. We often do not equate such an act with Christmas. We get caught up in the baby, decorations, gifts, and traditions. But here we have God the Father sending God the Son to fulfill the mission of God.

Merry Christmas.

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One of the biggest questions to answer when we talk about church planting is, Why? Why should we plant new churches when there are so many already in existence? Why put all that energy into something new when we could improve was already is?

In 2002, Tim Keller wrote an excellent article outlining why he thinks planting new churches not only improves existing ones but also keeps us faithful to Jesus’ mandate to make disciples.

  1. To be true to the biblical mandate
  2. To be true to the Great Commission
  3. To continually renew the whole Body of Christ
  4. To exercise kingdom-mindedness

He then gives some historical examples and the need for new churches.

Think about it: The church you now attend was, at one point in time, nonexistent. Someone (or someones) came along and thought that it would be better than this new expression of the gospel be started. And you and your family benefit from how these courageous souls decided to their mark on the world.

Read the entire article here.

Is there a number that drives your life?

For some it’s a dollar amount. For others it’s a time indicator. It might be a personal record. It might be an age.

For me it’s 65. And it’s a percentage. It’s the percentage of people in my city disconnected from God and from a faith community. That percentage translates to over 46,000 lives. And every. single. digit. matters to God.

What number drives your life?

At Pastors.com, Kurt Bubna gives list of 10 non-negotiables for aspiring church planters:

  1. clear call to church planting which is confirmed by other leaders and pastors who know them and have worked closely with them.
  2. supportive spouse and a stable, healthy marriage and family.
  3. A strong emotional resilience. (Without it, they won’t likely survive.)
  4. A heart for evangelism with a proven gift and ability to reach the lost.
  5. capable teacher who is an anointed and gifted communicator.
  6. A proven ability to gather and inspire others.
  7. A demonstrated ability to start something new.
  8. A proven ability to recruit, train and deploy others into ministry.
  9. A demonstrated track record of wisdom in life and in leadership.
  10. teachable heart proven by the ability to take direction and constructive criticism without defensiveness or arrogance.

While I don’t claim to be an expert in missiology, my experience over the last year at The Well supports his post. Every point above is critical to the long-term success of the church and the well-being of the planter.

You can read the entire article here.

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