|Community is inherent in disciple-making and mission. It becomes the arena of nurture, of spiritual maturation.Thus, the art of church planting is learning to make disciples on mission with God, which results in new communities of faith.Disciple-making, mission, community-all three are counter-intuitive to North American society. Our tendency is to emphasize champions over disciples, participation without mission, and attendance with little community.
The process of Mission Training integrates disciple-making, mission, and community through experiential learning processes for the sake of both church renewal and church planting.
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Gailyn Van Rheenen
2 thoughts on “The Art of Church Planting”
I resonate with the idea that disciple-making and mission lead to community. I believe we are often guilty of trying to begin with community (in its various forms) with the *hope* that mission and disciple-making will break out. We have put the cart before the horse and your simple, reproducible diagram reminds us to keep the focus where it belongs.
What you are describing is how the North American church becomes a counter-cultural voice. The integration of discipleship, mission and community is foreign and will be uncomfortable to most of us. Yet integration is absolutely necessary if the 21st Century Church is to be a redemptive influence in our culture and not just a clanging gong.