Friday, January 27, 2006

Church Planting From the Ground Up

So I've been slowly reading through this book (translation: I spend too much time reading articles online about the Seahawks instead of reading things that are important) about church planting. Here are a few thoughts and quotes that have resonated with me thus far:

  • "The Church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning." ~Emil Bruner
  • Instead of being "seeker sensitive" the church needs to be the seekers relentlessly pursuing the lost in the same way that Jesus relentlessly pursued us.
  • "If you can do anything else [other than church planting], you ought to do it." I can't imagine any other course for my life.
  • Postmodernism is not about changing things or finding what's new, but re-evaluating what is. The question posed isn't: "What?" but "Why?"
  • "[Postmoderns] care far more about how to live than about how to prove."
  • In order for church and faith to be authentic, what I teach needs to transform my life. It can't transform others unless it transforms me too.

4 comments:

Tim Lewis said...

Go 'Hawks!

KMiV said...

James,
What book did you read. It looks good. I think that we are similar to the people in the first-century sometimes.

James Wood said...

I linked the book in the title of this post. It's Church Planting from the Ground Up edited by Tom Jones (not the "it's not unusual" guy - the Christian Church church planting guy) Joplin, MO: College Press, 2004.

The more I think about it, the more I think that people have always been pretty much the same. We'll go through phases of emphasizing one thing or another, but when it comes down to it we're all just trying to make sense of what doesn't make sense. We always have been and we always will.

spcpeters said...

the one thought that made me think hmmm was "Instead of being "seeker sensitive" the church needs to be the seekers relentlessly pursuing the lost in the same way that Jesus relentlessly pursued us." I'm not sure I completely agree with either statement. I'm not sure Jesus was as much of a seeker as he was a servant. It seems the one consistant in the life of Jesus was his ability to identify need and address it. I'm not sure that is much differnet that "seeking" but I think the focus is different. We shouldn't be looking for the lost as much as in response to our needs being met meeting the needs of others. Is there a diffenrence between loving somone because they are in need of love or because we are trying to show them Christ... I think so. I think that little difference matters. It's an attitude of superiority versus an attitude of giving. Maybe I'm wrong any ideas out there?