The purpose of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. There are many ways to fulfill this purpose, yet too often we do activities for the sake of doing them, with no real purpose in mind. Our challenge is to make strategic decisions as we live out our call.
Working with new churches and studying church planting for more than 10 years, I was excited about the opportunity to meet first-hand with the leaders of the four churches. Our travels took us to St. Louis, Kansas City, Sioux Falls and Chicago, meeting with the planting pastors of The Gathering, Rez Downtown, Embrace Church and Urban Village.