A Random Thought on Church Planting Strategy

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a church planter–I start churches.  Next year, my family will be moving to Greenville, NC to start a new network of microchurches.  Last week, we were in NC scoping out Greenville–the neighborhoods we might live in, hot spots around the city where people gather, seeing where the major employers are located, etc.  One night last week, I had a random thought on church planting strategy at around 11:00 PM… 

Church planting is all the buzz in the US right now.  We have massive conferences on church planting.  We know that church planting and church multiplication are the fastest ways to reach new people.  More churches are being planted now than at any time in history–and they are varied in method and model.  There’s still a lot of flack flying around about which is the best model–megachurch, microchurch, contemporary church, purpose driven church, pub church, liturgical church, etc.  I want to know one thing…

Why is this even a discussion?

Can’t we take a hint from Paul, who became all things to all people so he might reach some?  Can’t we draw a principle for starting churches from that divinely inspired slice of wisdom?  Might it take all kinds of methods (short of sinning) and models of churches to reach all kinds of people?

I think the answer is a resounding yes.

So here’s my thought.  Right now, there are loners and teams planting all kinds of churches in all kinds of places in America.  There are organizations that are doing a great job of assessing planters and cities.  There is a lot of innovation in how to best reach communities.  But there’s one thing I haven’t heard of yet that someone else may have, and it’s my thought…

Instead of sending one team to a city to plant one church, why not create a strategy that sends multiple teams using multiple methods that are networked together to reach a city, to transform a city, to church a city, to lead a city to Christ, to reclaim a city for the kingdom of God, and to multiply so that the same can happen in another city?

Think about it–send a team that’s going to do the rock ‘n roll church in a theater model, a team that will focus on the 3rd places (bars, coffeeshops), a team that’ll do house churches in neighborhoods, and maybe a team with a more traditional approach, and send them all to the same city with the same goal–to redeem the city and its inhabitants for the kingdom of God.  If one or more succeeds in their mission, the entire mission succeeds.  If one of the approaches fails, it can be temporarily absorbed into another (this would take a ton of planning and communication and understanding, but it is possible) and then sent back out.  Each church can be networked with the other, and can even have the same basic DNA (although each church may strategize differently around it).  And if each church in this team effort seeks to multiply churches… look out.

For those of you who read this blog and are intense about the spreading of the kingdom of God, tell me–am I off my rocker, or might I be onto something?

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About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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3 Responses to A Random Thought on Church Planting Strategy

  1. Levi says:

    I think it sounds doable. From the beginning everyone is on the same page pulling resources to make sure all fronts are successful and if one is not then they can rest in the care of the other until a new strategy and plan can be worked out and then those willing can be sent out again. Maybe even occasionally get together and have functions to mingle, fellowship and enjoy each others uniqueness. I say it is a solid plan

  2. lsaufley says:

    Rock on. I thought you might need another comment.

  3. Cribb says:

    Holy crap that’s the best idea! I agree with Levi…everyone has different styles but can still support each other and work together with a common goal.

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