I was recently at a meeting with key church planting leaders from multiple denominations. One of the thoughts raised at that meeting was that we are operating out of two false assumptions in starting churches:
1.) We need to have land and a building as a prerequisite.
2.) We need to have a seminary graduate as a prerequisite.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with either of those two things, but the fact is that there’s not enough land and buildings to go around. We need to think about new forms, new expressions, and creative ways of doing church. And limiting ourselves to only seminary graduates means there will not be nearly enough workers for the harvest. We need to think about creative ways to raise up leaders for the future of the church.
Think with me about what the real prerequisites are for church planting. We need people that God has gifted and called for leadership. We need compassion for the harvest. We need some creativity. What else?