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Notes from Ed Stetzer talk at National New Church Conference

  • The new testament is a book about a God who sends a people on a mission
  • Paul wasn’t sure where to go (Macedonia)
  • Do not go and plant a church if all you have is a vision for the church; you can only plant a church when you have a vision for the people
    • Part of being missional is to go into a culture and engage with that culture
  • The how of church planting is going to be influenced by the who, when, and where that you are planting.
  • Don’t plant a church in your head, plant a church in your community.
    • Too many planters are in community lust and demographic envy (they’re in love with other people’s communities)
    • Come into your culture, not someone else’s; don’t bring a model, bring the gospel
    • Don’t plant a church, plant a gospel
  • The totality of the Christian message isn’t praying a prayer, walking the aisle, getting baptized
    • Too many have reduced missional to new monastic and alternative faith communities and hemp and service
    • These things are fine, but if they come to define missional, that’s not what we need
  • To be, to do, and to tell the gospel
    • Relevance is a good thing, it’s a tool; relevance is a tool, the gospel is the goal
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Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at TeachingtheCore.com. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

One Response to Notes from Ed Stetzer talk at National New Church Conference

  1. Pete Wilson says:

    Great summary. Thanks for sharing. Love the blog.

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