Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20
Jesus never said to “go make churches.”
I think, that for the most part, that those who have a desire to plant churches and those that have a desire to make disciples, have a genuine conviction to see the Kingdom of God expand, to see culture transformed, and see many come to Christ. But, what if one of them were to inadvertently get in the way of the other or even hinder the other?
The Apostles or first disciples of Jesus did not start with a building or a gathering. Was that was a hindrance or a help? What do you think? The Apostles and first disciples of Christ did begin with evangelism. They planted themselves and the Gospel into communities and made disciples from which gatherings were formed. The task remained the same throughout the New Testament era, namely to “make disciples.” In fact, I fail to see anywhere in the New Testament where they had a desire to multiply churches in the sense of location based institutions.
If one of these two camps had a propensity to get in the other’s way, I believe it would have to be the church planters. Am I wrong?
I think Church Planting Movements hinder Disciple Making Movements. Do you?