The DNA of the church is found in the gospels. When the church was birthed in Acts, it was a matter of living out that DNA. As Jesus’ disciples made more disciples, the result was churches. Do you see the progression? The result of making disciples was the gathering together of those disciples—and we call those gatherings churches: great commission > disciples > churches

Some church planters think that if they have started a service they have planted a church. Not true. Starting worship services doesn’t automatically result in disciplemaking. Instead, let’s turn it around. Let’s start with making disciples. Out of those disciples, new churches are begun. As disciples continue to be made, more churches are started. As my friend and colleague Dave DeVries says, “Don’t plant churches to make disciples. Make disciples to plant churches.”