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Title: Developing a Greenhouse Atmosphere for a Church Planting Movement in Texas


1
Developing a Greenhouse Atmosphere for a Church
Planting Movement in Texas
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A Missional Greenhouse?
3
Mark 426-29
  • A man scatters seed
  • the seed sprouts and grows All by itself
    the soil produces grain
  • all by itself?
  • in Greekautomate - literally - automatically -
    performed by God Himself!

4
A Missional Greenhouse?
  • 1 Corinthians 35-6
  • What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul?
    Only servants, through whom you came to
    believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his
    task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it,
    but God made it grow.

5
A Missional Greenhouse?
  • 1 Corinthians 37-8 So neither he who plants nor
    he who waters is anything, but only God, who
    makes things grow. 8 The man who plants and the
    man who waters have one purpose, and each will be
    rewarded according to his own labor.

6
A Missional Greenhouse?
  • Acts 44 But many who heard the message
    believed, and the number of men grew to about
    five thousand.
  • Acts 931 Then the church throughout Judea,
    Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It
    was strengthened and encouraged by the Holy
    Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of
    the Lord.

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A Missional Greenhouse?
  • Acts 165 So the churches were strengthened in
    the faith and grew daily in numbers.
  • 2 Corinthians 1015-16 Our hope is that, as
    your faith continues to grow, our area of
    activity among you will greatly expand, 16 so
    that we can preach the gospel in the regions
    beyond you.

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A Missional Greenhouse?
  • God is growing His Kingdom of Grace
  • God's plan is for reproduction of believers,
    groups, churches, networks and movements
  • We can plant, water, remove obstacles and
    fertilize, but God brings about the growth by the
    power of the Holy Spirit

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Greenhouse
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A Missional Greenhouse atmosphere can be an
environment where a movement of growth and
reproduction are anticipated and nurtured
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A Missional Greenhouse?
  • The 2 - 2 - 2 Principle
  • of Mission Reproduction
  • 2 Timothy 22 And the things you have heard me
    say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to
    reliable men who will also be qualified to teach
    others.
  • Paul Timothy Reliable Men Others

12
Church Planting Movement
  • Movements are not
  • safe (the Gospel is dangerous!)
  • predictable
  • neat
  • about your needs, wants or even ministry but
    about Christ's Kingdom
  • top down management decisions

13
Church Planting Movement
  • Movements are
  • started by some who asks a big "what if?"
    question (Martin Luther What if we could get the
    Bible into language and hands of every person?)
  • Organic - growing from 2-2-2 discipling and
    church planting

14
Church Planting Movement
  • Movements start when the Holy Spirit leads people
    to mature discipleship
  • Believing the Gospel enough to benefit from it
  • Believing the Gospel enough to contribute
    comfortably
  • Believing the Gospel enough to give our lives to
    it.

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Church Planting Movement
  • A Church Planting Movement creates lift for all
    churches

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Church Planting Movement
  • A Church Planting Movement creates lift for all
    churches

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Church Planting Movement
  • A Church Planting Movement creates draft for all
    churches

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  • Drafting, occurs when a second car tucks closely
    behind the first, filling part of the vacuum. The
    car in front loses some of the drag at its rear.
    The second car still has a vacuum at its rear,
    but now has less air resistance in front. As a
    result, both cars quicken a bit the two
    combined speed a few miles per hour faster than
    either can alone.
  • That can happen in a Church Planting Movement!

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A Bonus for a Church Planting Movement
  • The church planter who meets with a group of
    church planting peers at least monthly increases
    the odds of survivability by 135 percent.

Source Church Planting and Survivability, Ed
Stetzer, Center for Missional Research.
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In 1990, 52 million people attended a Christian
church each weekend.
21
By 2006, however, 52 million people still
attended a Christian church each weekend.
22
Meanwhile, by 2006 52 million more people were
living in the United States.
23
Slightly more Churches Start each Year than
Close, but not Enough to Keep up with Population
Growth.
24
This is the Future Trajectory of the American
Church if nothing changes.
25
Dallas/Ft. Worth Metro Area 2000 Percentage of
the Population Attending a Christian Church on
Any Given Weekend
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The Mission of God
  • Luke 1910 For the Son of man is come to seek
    and to save that which was lost.
  • John 1010 I have come that they may have life,
    and have it to the full.
  • 1 Timothy 23-4 This is good, and pleases God
    our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and
    to come to a knowledge of the truth.

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The Mission of God
Romans 1012-14 For there is no difference
between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of
all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13
for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved." 14 How, then, can they call on
the one they have not believed in? And how can
they believe in the one of whom they have not
heard? And how can they hear without someone
preaching to them?
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The Movement of God's Mission of God lived out
in Acts
  • Acts 18 But you will receive power when the
    Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my
    witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
    Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

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Can we Be Intentional about Creating a
Missional Greenhouse Atmosphere for a Church
Planting Movement?
  • 2 Corinthians 1015-16
  • Our hope is that, as your faith continues to
    grow, our area of activity among you will greatly
    expand, 16 so that we can preach the gospel in
    the regions beyond you

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Why Church Planting?
  • Churches over 15 years old it takes 67
    Christians to bring in a new Christian
  • Churches 3-15 years old Ratio is 201
  • Churches 0-3 years old Ratio is 101
  • New churches have 3-4 times the number of
    conversion as do established churches
  • Leadership Network
  • 2009

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A North Texas Missional Greenhouse
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