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Missions 101

Church Planting

Oct. 6, 2011By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

Do you have to be an evangelist to be a church planter??

I suppose it depends on where you live.  Speaking is very broad terms:

In the US you intern at a church for a year or two and then are sent out, usually with a core of 20-30 people to support the church.  From there you may get 30-40 people in the community who are frustrated with the other churches in the area.  Before you know it you have 70 people, and no one is a recent convert.  From here, you begin to labor in evangelism and pray God would draw people to Christ. Maybe you reason that your primary job is to equip people to do evangelism.

In India where we serve, a church planter comes to a 40-day training.  Most of the guys grew up in the Sunday School classes in the church that is sending them out.  When they get to the village where they want to plant a church, there are no Christians.  They start either by beating a drum to get peoples attention and then proclaimthe gospel or they set up a sound system and preach over a loud speaker so everyone can hear them or they begin meeting in the homes of total stangers.  

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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