Here I am in NC....6 days away from going to the Philippines (PI) for the start of a new journey. You see, I have planted several churches in the USA ...and have assisted many churches in the PI. (In fact, we have a healthy network in the country.) But this is trip is different. This is the first time that I will be the lead pastor at a church plant overseas.
Church planting 101 says that the primary vision carrier has to have a God-given vision for the church. Here is what I am hearing....and sensing in my heart:
* A church that is edgy....many will look at the church and wonder if its a church
* A church that embraces technology....texting...blogging...email...twitter....facebook....Friendster
* A church that reaches a generation of unchurched people....people that are turned off by the thought of "church".
*A church that is focused outward.... making a differnce in the community from day 1
*A church that loves and welcomes everyone regardless of education level...background...dress etc...
* A church that is actually fun to attend!
* A church that people will want to invite friends
* A church that enables everyone to use their talents - teaching...art...music...poetry...acting
Hmmmm.... I'm getting excited!
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