Church-Planting Thoughts

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, praying, watching, and learning the last few months.  We know God has called us to Romania to work for him, and this work will involve establishing churches.  What those churches will look like, who will go to them, how they will be established is all up for grabs.  As we explore what church means and how to go about being the church, I’ve done a lot of thinking.  None of this is set in stone or anywhere near complete, but the following are some of what I would like to see in what we do in Romania:

  • People will be allowed (even encouraged) to fail.
  • Members will love one another like family.
  • Leaders will be trained and tested and then sent out.
  • I will not make clones.
  • Small discipleship groups will be central.
  • Worship–aggressive, free, and passionate–will be encouraged.
  • Risk will not be a stumbling block and danger will not hold us back.
  • Disciples will be empowered to follow the Holy Spirit.
  • Members will minister without needing my permission.
  • There will be a place for confession, repentance, and restoration.
  • Joy and freedom will be present in individuals and the community.
  • Churches will meet in coffee shops, homes, restaurants, anywhere.
  • Lay leadership will be foundational.
  • We will expect prophecy, speaking in tongues, healing the sick, etc.

3 responses to “Church-Planting Thoughts

  1. I like that list (as he writes it down). Sue and I feel God is moving us out to Hillsboro (asking why?) and the impression of home church came to us. God has been making a huge call to discipleship lately, discipleship and mentoring. Awesome job you’re doing, Ben.

  2. I have personally always liked the idea of “home church,” and the more we get to know the culture here in Bucuresti, the more we think this style will work really well here. Historically, Romanians have been *very* religious in the bad way, keeping God to Sundays at a church building, and so they’ve been able to have Christianity ingrained in the culture for about 1700 years without it having affected things on a deep level. We’ve also noticed that almost everyone works far too much for far too little money, meaning every pastor we help to launch into ministry will need to be employed in the secular world *while* ministering. Home church seems like a good answer to both of those issues. (Plus, I’ve always loved home church.)

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