Missional church planting requires a different way of thinking about church planting. The starting point is not “how can I grow my church.” The starting point is “how can our small band of believers bless this community.” Church growth is more of a byproduct.
That’s how it was in Acts: the believers did engaged in all of these missional activities (prayer, evidence of God’s work, sacrificial giving, meeting together, true fellowship, praising God), THEN “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).
That’s missional church growth. When we live as Jesus called us to live– giving and blessing the community around us, and demonstrating true community within the church– Spirit-driven growth is a natural outcome.
As far as practical structures for moving toward a missional church plant, I have a four-point outline that is expanding on in my recently released book The Missional Journey:
- Engaging culture
- Forming missional communities
- Developing leadership
- Multiplying movements
I encourage you to check out the book if you want practical structures and examples of what this kind of church planting can look like.