I don’t normally do this, but this a post that I’m refreshing and respringing. There has been a wide reaction over, twitter, Facebook, and Google+ and so I thought I’d give it a second round here. Comments have been left in tact.
My Wife and I, along with band of highly motivated indigenous and itinerant gospel laborers, plant churches here in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. Our direct goal is not to “plant churches” per se, but to Make Disciples and to guide the local gatherings as they may form. We do this work primarily amongst the poor. We could not do what we do without outside support. Some would suggest that a church is not “planted” until they are financially self-sustainable. The criteria for what constitutes a church plant are numerous and diverse. We will not consider those here. Instead, I’d like to focus on the single aspect of financial sustainability of church plants. Consider this quote:
“Church planting cannot be the final objective of mission, only the beginning. A church full of life and love, working for the good of the community in which God has placed it, is the proper end of mission. Transformational development that does not work toward such a church is neither sustainable nor Christian.”*
And also, few questions:
Should financial self-sustainability be a criteria for a church plant?
Isn’t interdependency amongst many parts of the body more biblical than the self-sustainability of one?
What is the proper course of action for a church plant that can not sustain itself?
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*Bryant L. Myers (2011-11-09). Walking With The Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development (Revised and Expanded Edition) (Kindle Locations 2210-2212). Orbis Books. Kindle Edition.