Good Soil (Part 2)

Last week, I found out that we have four people interested in being a part of our first simple church here in Greenville. The backgrounds of each person got me thinking…

Yesterday I wrote, “Church planting doesn’t start with a church.”  That’s because the lowest common denominator in the kingdom of God is the disciple. Bob Roberts, Jr., wrote that (I think it was in his book, “The Multiplying Church” which is ridiculously good).  Many church planters focus on planting a church first and then making disciples.  Those of us doing the simple/organic/microchurch thing are convinced that the process should be the other way around–you start with making disciples, and then churches will sprout.

That’s our plan–to disciple those who are interested in joining us first, and watching God work as He forms a church.  How will we do it?

More on that tomorrow.

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3 Responses to Good Soil (Part 2)

  1. Koffijah says:

    Yes Aaron, very good!

    You know, making disciples is a command in scripture. Planting churches is not commanded, but we have it as a precedent–an example. Without going into an entire theology of the binding nature of commands and precedent, discipleship is not an option. It is foundational. In fact, I would go a step further and say that discipleship is also foundational to evangelism–not something we do after evangelism, but the way in which we do evangelism.

    Good stuff.

  2. Heather says:

    I was thinking…I know, scary as Reber says…but I think you have an “advantage” so to speak to be starting your branch of microchurches with people who know what they are getting into. As you very well know, it was a difficult transition for some people to go from “regular” church to microchurches and I think it still affects us up here in some ways. It seems like microchurches are most effective when the leader or host of the group gets people together at the beginning, like you’re doing. Some people will love it and stay, others will kinda back away, and then your group sort of “gels.” In our experience, people are a little more resistant to coming once the group is already well-established, so it’s crucial for new groups to continue to form (although I know that’s the whole point!!).

    These thoughts are straight from my brain to my typing fingers so I hope they make sense. What do you think?

    • Aaron says:

      You’re absolutely right. Discovery was definitely not the ideal way to get to a microchurch network. It’s taken a long time for people to adjust (and many are still adjusting). The DCC peeps still think that “Sunday morning” is the main thing, and everything else is bonus. I’ve learned that this is not the case. Sundays (or Wednesdays, as is your case) should be just part of the rhythm of church life. But I’m totally confident that DCC is figuring it out. As for what I’m doing now, I totally have an advantage of starting from scratch.

      We miss you guys. See you soon (Lord willing).

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