5 REASONS TO CONSIDER PLANTING A HOUSE CHURCH

There are various church planting models. The Bible doesn’t prescribe to us any one of them in particular. For this reason, we have the freedom to plant our church according to livingroomthe model that best corresponds to our objectives and culture, as long as it meets the biblical requirements of a healthy church. Among these models is one that, in my opinion, should receive more attention and consideration. In this article I will use the acronym “LASER” to demonstrate five reasons for which it is wise to take the house church model into account when we consider planting a church, as it helps us laser-focus our energies on our most important objectives.

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Author: Cole Brown

5 Problems With Top-Down Vision-Casting – And a New Testament Alternative

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Here’s the way vision-casting is usually taught and practiced in the church.

  • The pastor gets a vision for the church through prayer, Bible-reading or the latest church leadership conference
  • The pastor preaches about the vision
  • The leaders and congregation get behind the vision
  • The vision is supported, preached, and repeated regularly

From the top. Down to the bottom.

Here are some problems I see with that way of casting vision.

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I’m On the Lookout for the Next Great Christian Novel

For several years CT has asked me to serve as the preliminary fiction judge for the annual book awards. This means that every August, all the titles nominated by your publishing houses land on my front porch—roughly 40 titles or more.

They include the usual suspects: historical and biblical fiction, romance, family drama, suspense, and, yes, Amish love stories. But they also include some unique innovations: futuristic and dystopian lit, detective fiction, even the occasional supernatural thriller. Over the course of several weeks I read, power-skim, or glance through every single one of them. I then select my top four, which are sent on to a quartet of final judges who determine the winner and runner-up.

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