“We need a paradigm shift. The American church needs to start seeing church planters as local missionaries who lead, train, and send out more missionaries – just like you.”

Read on for my complete post as this month’s guest Reach Chicago blog author.

The term “church planting” has required some self-evaluation and re-clarification over the last few years because of its current buzz-word status. In the last three decades, virtually any church start, opening, or new location has been classified under the heading of “church planting”. This includes the organic small group meeting in a home that slowly grows to sustain a larger public service, to the opening of a full-service multi-site campus in a neighboring town. The experts in this field are split on how they define the missiological term “church planting”, but one thing is consistent – to plant something, it requires soil, seed, and water.

Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College and overall church planting guru, recently stated on a podcast, “Church planting involves sowing seeds in lostness, reaching people, and growing a church from there.”[1] This, I believe, gets to the…

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