New communities spring up at coffeehouses, on Habitat for Humanity worksites, or at 5k races. What makes any of them a church?
Church in the Making
Do women plant churches differently than men? Do they use different methods or a different style?
Sustainability is certainly a goal for most church plants. But have denominations set up a model that is sustainable for pastors?
The night Rebecca and Luke Sumner met, they discussed church planting. They ended up planting a church together.
Anyone can see the rippling effects of God's kingdom in buildings, movements, and practices. I couldn't comprehend it all without Diana Butler Bass.
The people at Friendship Church make creative use of art. They have also learned to be creative as they form their community and shape their narratives.
James Lee had been commissioned to start an African-American congregation. After reading Acts, his group decided on a multicultural plant instead.
One day, a soup-kitchen guest named what was happening: church, a worshiping community distinct from the larger congregation.
"Why go to the city?" asked one of Bec Cranford-Smith's seminary professors. "There are enough new churches there."
As I sat in a circle of church planters discussing ministry, a stream of confession emerged: "I've made a lot of mistakes."