Multiply Missional Communities
(aka church planting)
These communities do not exist for themselves but for Jesus mission.
The New Testament calls these communities "churches," a term which means essentially "communities called out to a purpose." They might as helpfully be called "missional communities."
Emil Brunner pointed out "The church exists by mission as a candle exists by burning."
Dietrich Bonheoffer: "The church is the church only when it exists for others."
The process of these multiplying missional communities is often called
"church planting." This process is central to fulfilling Jesus' purpose
of demonstrating, pointing to and extending God's Kingdom:
- Jesus (Matthew 16:18)
new church robs Satan of turf. Every new fellowship of believers takes
- Elijah Khoza, former witch doctor, Zululand, South Africa.
"Research and experience has shown that the most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is to plant new churches. This applies both to old ground where churches have existed for a long time and to new ground where no churches yet exist."
- C. Peter Wagner, Professor of World Missions, Fuller Theological Seminary