14 Jan Death of a “Church Plant”? Matter of Ones Definition of Church
After reading a post about a church planter closing down his ‘church plant” this is what I noticed about it. He stated “We could have continued as a rogue small group or house church in the area, but frankly that has never interested us” Now I not accusing him of this but to me when I read a statement like that, I believe this person was not a true church planter, or they truly just do not know what a church is according to scripture.
First I see he had a church, whether he realize it or not God gave him a flock to shepherd, to feed, a body to disciple, but that appears to be not what he was really after. Greg Louie started with a bible study that went on for years before it moved into a building and became a “church” if you will, but he will argue it was a church when is was only him and a few people gathering at his place, today he has a church of 10,000, but now is 35 year later. And I can name a long list of others whom did the same thing, but they where faithful to what God gave them.
I think of Jesus words when he said “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10 If we are not willing to Shepherd, pastor 10, 20 or even 50 people, gather in a house as the church. Can we think He would give us more, more to Shepherd if we do not tend to the little.
Whether or not someone is a pastor is not defined by:
Making a salary for it, the size of it, or even having a building, or if he has a staff to work for him, or the number of people he pastors, or a degree on his wall defines, makes one a pastor.
But rather, is he someone who is tending to, feeding a flock of people. Is he personally making disciples, equipping them and sending them out, those who are pastors are the ones doing the work of a pastor, being a pastor according the the job task described in scripture.
The true passion of a church planter as I see it, my passion is to preach the gospel, see soles saved, make disciples of them, have life and fellowship with them. Worship and pray with them, Equip them and send them out to do the same thing. Never about building a Christian entertainment center, but having a body to do real worship with, pray with, share a meal with, and disciple. That’s planting a church. No fan fair, no salary, no staff, not performance band, light show, or audience. But rather Act’s chapter two.
I would be praising God all day long for a home group of 10, 20 or 50 to be equipping to send out. Beside I would find myself to busy preaching the gospel to the nations, praying, worshiping, making disciples, feeding the hungry, praying for the sick, helping the needy to set around all day in staff meetings about what light show to put on while drinking Star Bucks coffee.
I am not accusing him of wrong motives, because I do not know him, but I do know what I see in what he wrote, and I think he totally missing the point of being a pastor, a church planter and what a church is, biblical.