They are neither boys nor men. They live, suspended as it were, between childhood and adulthood, between growing up and being grown-ups. This kind of male is everywhere, including the church and even, frighteningly, vocational ministry. In short, we have a man crisis. Modern society shuns the traditional role of the man as the head of the home, the breadwinner and the spiritual leader of the family.
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Sep 30, Patrick rated it it was amazing My son bought me the Church Planter The Man, the Message, the Mission as my wife and I are thinking about how we can serve God in a regional church in Australia which has no formal ministry staff. We are thinking of leading a tiny church as laypeople with little experience.
The book is not just about planting churches but has a strong focus on My son bought me the Church Planter — The Man, the Message, the Mission as my wife and I are thinking about how we can serve God in a regional church in Australia which has no formal ministry staff. The book is not just about planting churches but has a strong focus on leading. The last page of the book encourages people like my wife and I not to let our dreams for a possible tiny church be limited.
The writer, Darrin Patrick, encourages us not to be small-minded but to have a big dream and a vision for the small town we may go into. God is limitless in the things that he can do with us in any community we may go into. Whether you are a minister, a prospective minister or a layperson considering some sort of ministry this book is highly recommended.
Oh, and of course if you are thinking of planting a church this is for you as well. My church fellowship has been planting churches for 40 plus years, in the states and worldwide.
It has always been our focus and direction in all that we do. In our corner of the Kingdom, the church planting congregation is called the "mother church". It is an expensive but worthwhile endeavor. Pioneer pastors and the sending congregation get a lot of respect because of the incredible risk they take to further the Gospel.
So when I was reading some of the satire accounts that I follow on twitter, I hear people making good natured humor about "church planters". It seemed to me that in other circles church planters were people wanting to ditch their Sunday night service or would rather sit on a couch than a pew To me, a church planter is a Pastor with a congregation that is motivated and financially able to rise up to the New Testament mandate to send men out to preach the Gospel and establish plant a church.
So I started reading up on some of the current mainline christian culture and imagine my surprise when I see a book called "Church Planter" after years of being involved in planting churches for decades.
I have never seen a book dealing with the topic unless it comes from the book table at our conference in Prescott.
I even read a recent article where megapastor Rick Warren includes "Planting Churches" as the "P" in one of his acronyms.
Warning bells go off. Planting churches has just gone trendy. Is it a serious turn towards a biblical pursuit for the Evangelical crowd, or a trendy genetic mutation of what the book of Acts was all about? If highlighting is an indication of trendiness, then the die is cast. If you read the book on your Kindle, you can highlight sections of the book, and you can see what other people have highlighted and how many times additional people have highlighted that passage.
There are a handful of quotes in the first few chapters that have thousands of repeat highlights. All this social tweeting stopped after the author delved into deeper, more polarizing theological topics. The author starts out with a preface chapter call "Why focus on Men? Pretty good so far. The meat of the book is divided up into three sections like a three point sermon , "The Man", "The Message", and "The Mission".
These are all themes that resonate well with me and after reading it I realize that it is not a how-to manual for the practice of planting churches, but rather a book about what the "Church Planter", the guy who starts a church, should be The chapters in "The Man" section are a good biblical expounding on what the Bible says a leader in the church should be.
Taking that the main requirements laid out are for "elders" the author challenges Pastors and leaders with these passages. This whole section is a revealing mirror we all should hold ourselves up to. He calls our motives into question and challenges prospective Pastors to be an actual Christian first before going into the ministry. He puts pastoral skill sets and personalities in to the categories of Prophets, Priests and Kings. He also describes the heart of a shepherd.
He makes a hard stand against modern day heresies that are sprouting up in the church today in the form of greater ideas and political correctness. To make Him anything else dismissed our sinfulness and attempts to evade real repentance. A pastor could probably preach for months off of this section alone I think the author is trying to dance between conservative and liberal camps and present a whole picture of the endless possibilities of a church plant.
For example, in one section of the book he outlines the problems of focusing on social issues in the church and having a socially active congregation with very little spiritual impact But one of his big examples of "church planting" was a guy who felt called to defeat poverty in St. Is this "The Mission" though? This Josh guy would have served better as Mayor. These are secular measures of success and not the demands of Christian discipleship.
There was only one inspiring story of an actual convert in this part of the book. To me, the inspiring motivation to preach the Gospel is the individual stories of conversion and a changed life, not the charity work and community involvement. What we should accomplish as a church together is Evangelism, discipleship and It seemed an odd note to end the book on. I will say, that the idea of "mission" is the one area that all churches, or fellowships and denominations will differ in opinion.
Differences in "mission" is the reason why we have different fellowships and denominations. Once you get the vision for church planting, it becomes more of a matter of obedience and faith than it is a method.
This book is a three point sermon in slow motion that will cause you to re-evaluate your calling, your motives in ministry, your current eligibility, and hopefully put the edge back in your preaching. So, please, buy this book, but approach it as a personal challenge for the Pastor or the aspiring Pastor. Hold yourself to the measuring sticks the author provides for us. Dig through it and get a bunch of sermons on Jesus out of it.
Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission - eBook
Personal background[ edit ] Patrick was born in Marion, Illinois. He became a Christian while in high school, where he was an all-conference, all-area catcher on the baseball team. After beginning a successful ministry in high school, he pursued pastoral training rather than a college baseball career. He has been married since and has four children. Louis in to plant The Journey in the urban core.
Darrin Patrick: A Reply to Dr. John MacArthur
Sep 30, Patrick rated it it was amazing My son bought me the Church Planter The Man, the Message, the Mission as my wife and I are thinking about how we can serve God in a regional church in Australia which has no formal ministry staff. We are thinking of leading a tiny church as laypeople with little experience. The book is not just about planting churches but has a strong focus on My son bought me the Church Planter — The Man, the Message, the Mission as my wife and I are thinking about how we can serve God in a regional church in Australia which has no formal ministry staff. The book is not just about planting churches but has a strong focus on leading. The last page of the book encourages people like my wife and I not to let our dreams for a possible tiny church be limited. The writer, Darrin Patrick, encourages us not to be small-minded but to have a big dream and a vision for the small town we may go into.
Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission
John MacArthur has played a significant role in my life through his careful, straightforward preaching of the Bible and his willingness to address false teaching. I have listened to hundreds of his sermons, read many of his books, and own the majority of his commentaries. I am forever in his debt. I am honored that Dr. MacArthur has not only thoroughly read my book, Church Planter , but that he has taken time to voice his concerns about it. I thought it might promote gospel unity to respond to what he said in his podcast and then clarified on his blog. Here is the section of Church Planter that Dr.