3 Points of Advice for Church Planters in the 21st Century

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The Wesleyan movement is rich with a history of church planting. In Part II of our video interview with Ed Stetzer, he suggests 3 lessons to remember from our history if the Wesleyan-Methodist movement is to recapture its vision for planting churches in the 21st century.

1. Break the territorial parish mentality

When banned from preaching in established churches, John Wesley famously said, “The world is my parish!” This same ethos needs to reverberate both with those exploring church planting and with those in established churches. There are enough lost people to go around, and we must be ready to acknowledge that different churches reach different people kinds of people.

2. Raise up leaders who want to plant churches

Create space for entrepreneurial-minded people. But recognize that these self-starters will often be mavericks, so we shouldn’t be surprised when their communities look different or don’t fit within our systems. People who start something from nothing are valuable, though, and they are a key to reaching people in the 21st century.

3. Preach a gospel that transforms both persons and society

Jesus came to serve the hurting and to save the lost. Where people want to separate these two aspects of Jesus’ mission, traditionally, Wesleyan evangelicals have done an exemplary job at holding them in tension. Church planters must continue to view mission and church planting as a holistic enterprise without bifurcating the personal from the social.

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Watch Part I: Why Wesleyans Need to Rediscover Church Planting.

View all of our resources on church planting here.

2 COMMENTS

  1. funny. so a few years ago i wanted to plant a church out of my current appointment into the YMCA where I served on “the board of Christian emphasis” at this YMCA. when the DS and conference development committee discovered that I was in a very early exploratory phase the DS 1) sent me a letter threatening to bring me up on charges unless I got out of that area citing the Book of Discipline paragraph saying that I was interfering in another elder’s ministry and the paragraph on being in another “territory” (so to speak). Then this DS and the dean of the cabinet had me write a paper on my understanding of “submission of their authority” because I wasn’t “a team player.” Stetzer is right on, but I don’t think the “system” which he mentions and we all know exists… I don’t think this “system” will take well to these ideas.

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