"For awhile we have thrown around the idea of leaving staff and going into church-planting."--DJ Jenkins
I loved the discussion on church planting because it has not only surfaced staff's passion for the Kingdom, but revealed the many challenges our organization faces as it seeks to adapt to the changing Christian and secular culture.
more telling comments...
"CCC NEEDS TO PARTNER WITH CHURCHES AND START PLANTING CHURCHES" CCC
needs to be humble and partner with local churches and look at
themselves and helping and serving the church. Whereas local churches
can fund CCC things, and assist in there efforts. In reality this is a
long term solution.
Short term: CCC should start planting local churches with qualified CCC
staff members. They should oversea the planting of some churches and
see how that would work."--Dan Birch
"Yes! And you need to clarify, the only issue is here in the West. It's not often publicized, but we do plant churches overseas. This past week, at the Advance09 church-building conference in Durham, NC, Mark Driscoll called us on it. He was listing what he would consider the defining marks of a healthy church and as he listed them we do seven of the eight. The only one that we do not currently do (in the West) is the sacraments. I think he was right when he said that the reason that we don't is purely practical and economic - churches support us and we're worried that we'll lose our support."--Jayson Whelpley
"After thinking about it though, there are some positives. In my mind, the biggest positive would be in the fact that CCC church planters could give their full devotion to planting and not have to get another job because their staff accounts could remain open. That's a distinct advantage to other church planters... most of them have to find a job to generate some form of income since they're not getting anything from tithes and offerings."--Alex Costa