Two posts on Facebook this afternoon have got me animated…..
The first was a friend who posted a link to an article on Tall Skinny Kiwi’s blog entitled ‘9 reasons NOT to plant a church in 2012‘. The other was the posting of a YouTube video from NewForms Media, via Mission Britain/ SimpleChurch UK, called Dandelion Wind (see below):
What TSK writes makes a lot of sense, and I think we, the church, need to take notice of his warning. I especially think this is the case over here on the right hand side of the Atlantic pond, specifically as far as I am concerned, here in the UK.
If the vision that is given in Dandelion Wind is to happen in this increasingly post-modern and post-Christian culture, then I feel we need to accept that ‘church’ planting, as in setting up a bunch of Christians as a new church in a new place to be a catalyst to reach the surrounding community, just doesn’t work in the same way that it used to do.
Unless, of course, you are satisfied with occasional addition rather than dandelion multiplication…..
We need to think again. We meed to find a ‘new’ way to communcate the love of God in Jesus to our increasingly God-less nation.
How about we focus on planting Jesus into people’s lives as TSK suggests and then see what happens….who knows, we might see ‘Dandelion Wind’ multiplication after all….just in a way that we didn’t expect.