A lot of really great things have been said about the importance of planting new churches. We are incredibly excited about church planting in Chanute and hope you’re encouraged by our vision. But for those who are interested in learning more about the church planting, there are some great resources out there. Here is a small sampling.
FiveStone Churches We are working with FiveStone Churches, a network for church planting and church revitalization. The Director of FiveStone, Gordon Zwirkoski, has a blog with a lot of great resources and thoughts on church planting.
“Why Plant Churches?” by Tim Keller. Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, has been one of the most outspoken and thoughtful voices on church planting in our day. In this six page article, Keller addresses some common objections and misconceptions, and presents both biblical and practical reasons that church planting is an absolute necessity.
“Why Plant Churches?” by Scott Thomas. This is an adaption of Tim Keller’s more extensive article. If you want to get the gist of Keller’s article without reading six single-spaced pages, this is a good starting point.
“Church Planting and Pastoral Ministry: An Interview with Darrin Patrick,” by 9Marks. The good folks at 9Marks Ministries took the time to interview church planter Darrin Patrick. Patrick is the Senior Pastor at The Journey in St. Louis, MO. He is the author of Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission. In this interview he shares about his experience as a pastor and church planter.