Food for Thought: Church Planting Movement Edition
Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny. These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site. Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.
Most of the following links are connected with the idea of seeing multiplying church movements birthed in the Earth. We’ll talk more about multiplying church movements shortly, but for now let’s just say that for the harvest at the end of the age to become a reality, God will need to begin to birth multiplying church movements here in the West and in the nations of the Earth. Their reality will fuel and sustain the great harvest.
Cesar, Man of Peace Ross Rohde gives the readers of his blog a down-to-earth current example of how men/women of peace can aid church planting. I’ve heard (and experienced) that when Jesus leads you to a person of peace, you can’t help but start a church. Starting a church without a person of peace is incredibly more difficult. In all of my reading, this is the most down-to-earth description of how an individual finds a person of peace and establishes a church. Ross blogs regularly at thejesusvirus.
To the Fourth Generation You really can’t beat first-hand information from people who are on the front lines of any ministry. Steve Addison got a chance to sit down with church planters who have seen the churches they’ve planted start daughter churches, granddaughter churches, and great-granddaughter churches. He combines all the insights from that time and presents the common themes in a three page PDF document. It’s a treasure. Steve blogs regularly about Christian movements at Movements That Change the World.
Passing It On and What is Sequentialism and Why Does it Prevent Multiplication? These are both posts by Felicity Dale, who with her husband gives leadership to the annual House Church conference that pulls together many house churches and house church movements in the nation. In “Passing It On” Felicity writes about the need for the taught to teach others in order to see church planting movements birthed. “What is Sequentialism and Why Does it Prevent Multiplication” focuses in on how our need to have everything right in a church or movement before we expand is often the reason why no growth happens. Both of these articles are extremely worth your time and can be found at Felicity’s blog Simply Church.
A Lesson in Unity Here, Kevin Matthews looks at the behavior of fire ants and how they swarm and then relates it to our need to operate in the same spirit of unity. This article at first might not seem very closely related to church planting movements but I can assure you that at their core, church planting movements operate in this way. They are led and built up by five-fold ministries that encourage this unified swarming. This is a great picture of how Christ builds an at once individual and yet unified body. You can check out more of Kevin’s writing at Kevin and Lorna’s Daily Devotional.