A friend of mine sent me this article on church planting yesterday. It's by far one of the most exciting and challenging articles I've read in recent months. It challenges a lot of my perceptions and assumptions about church planting, church leadership, and my definition of "church".
God has really been stretching and growing me personally in so many ways and with so many of my assumptions where "church" and spiritual life and leadership are concerned.
It's also been helpful that I've been teaching a New Testament Survey class to several high schoolers at a local high school. It helps to contextualize the areas where God has been challenging me while I'm teaching others what the Bible says about those very things.
for the article.
Questions to think about as and after you read this article:
1.) How would you define church? What are its core characteristics?
2.) How would you have answered this young couple's questions?
(i.e., Would you have discouraged them from continuing b/c they were not trained enough?)
3.) When is a church a church? How often should they meet?