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How can giving away our best people possibly be good for us?
This is precisely what many congregations wonder when they encounter the idea of church planting. I understand the question and concern, but I want to challenge the underlying mindset.
Mentality - Baseball - Manager - Players - New
The we-can’t-send-off-our-best-people mentality is more like a baseball general manager not wanting to trade his best players than it’s like the New Testament ministry model. Paul and Barnabas were sent out from the church in Antioch (Acts 13:1–3); and when it came to our salvation, the Father sent heaven’s best for us (John 17:18).
Churches not on mission will be anemic in their discipleship and will lack healthy growth. Not only are we sanctified for mission; we’re sanctified through it.
Church - Ways
So how does church planting bless the sending church? Here are six ways.
1. It keeps people’s focus on the Great Commission.
Consumerism - Problem - America - Parts - World
Consumerism is a big problem in America (and many other parts of the world). But when this reality seeps into the church, the problem is huge. Focusing on church planting helps to fight consumerism in the body.
Real church membership is not like going to the movies. It’s more like joining the military.
Church - Planting - People - Church - Membership
By being involved in church planting, you remind people that real church membership is not like going to the movies. It’s more like joining the military. The church is not a place to “eat popcorn” while the pastor preaches. Rather, it’s where we gather to worship God and get sent out together on mission. When churches stop focusing on the Great Commission, death is coming. The church that is not sending is ending.
2. It causes people to live as citizens of heaven.
Church - Causes - People - Lots - Goodbyes
Church planting causes people to say lots of “gospel goodbyes”—these are painful farewells driven by gospel purposes.
This is a hard one. We don’t want to lose our best people. It hurts....
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