I was reminded the other day that church planting is a means not an end.  It’s a strategy (a rather good & Biblical one I think) to accomplish our real goal – the multiplication of disciples.  Jesus commissioned his followers to make disciples and planting new churches is useful as it helps us accomplish that goal.

That’s why church planting organizations assess for disciple making.  The logic is pretty simple – If a man is making disciples in his current context he’s likely to make disciples in his future context and if a man isn’t making disciples in his current context nothing is likely to change when he lands in a new city.  As we say around here “There’s no transformation by aviation.” It makes sense, but you may be surprised to learn that disciple making is the category that most planters score the lowest in.

Why? The issue is almost never theological – most of us know we should be making disciples.  The issue is usually a practical one – we need help building our lives around disciple making.  To that end Summit Network has developed a free resource for people like us that need help building our lives around the mission.  So if you could use a little help download & share our new eBook.

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The Summit Network is a partnership of churches that share one vision of planting 1000 gospel-centered churches in our generation. Through training, coaching, support, and funding, we aim to equip pastors to steward their gifts to plant healthy, thriving churches.

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Josh Miller (@joshmiller0604) is the Associate Church Planting Pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. He carries out most of the day-to-day operations of Summit Network, including overseeing the assessment of prospective church planters.