In my scurry to find resources for church planting, I download a lot of pdf files other people have compiled. Sometimes I’m amazed at what passes for “good ideas” and “hints”, “Tips and tricks” or “strategies” for church planting.
Church planting used to be almost exclusively a Baptist term. it has come into vogue for other groups, even worldly unsaved people to borrow the term.
Did I really use the term “unsaved people” to refer to Emergent Churches and its pastors? Yes. And their congregants. I’ve noticed a lot of them tend to avoid calling their assemblies by the word “church”… which is good. Let’s not falsely advertise. Perhaps we should take to calling them the “Emergent association.” Or “Emergent group”.
One of the materials was a pdf of “Leadership Learnings”. it is 279 pages of blog postings from about 30 people, almost all of whom are Emergent “pastors.” It was EXTREMELY interesting to me that I did not see a Biblical quote until page 25.
Let’s look at that fact. Pastors of churches are required to know their Bible. They are required to teach the Bible.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
And yet the Emergent “Pastors”, in a forum for teaching and sharing (That’s the stated purpose of these blogs) don’t quote the Bible at all for over 25 blog posts.
That’s a major issue. Think about that.