I’ve been a Christian for a relatively short amount of time—roughly five years. By comparison, my wife has been a Christian for as long as she can remember. In this span of five years it has become more and more apparent that, culturally, Christianity latches on to different buzz words. Whether it is non-denom, Baptist, etc, “ideas” go through phases of excitement, it seems. Dr. Eric Mason pointed this out on his recent trip to SEBTS. Tracing through his memory of ministry over the years, he highlighted church planting, urban ministry, diversity, and multi-ethnic had all had their time in the spotlight.
The point I want to make from Dr. Mason’s observation is that even words that have significance, and that we use regularly can lose their meaning over time. What “mark twain” meant to Steamboat drivers on the Mississippi River in the 1800 is not the same thing meant by a literature student. For the purposes of this blog, it is worth our time to—not redefine, but define again what “church planting” actually means.
I plan to write a series of blogs with a basic goal in mind: unpack the idea of church planting. More than just saying, “Church planting! You should do it!” I hope to unravel what exactly it is, and what we (the church) are saying when we talk about church planting. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot wrapped up in those two simple words. Stay tuned!