14) The BackPage: Wholistic Church-Planting

Lately, I’ve been fearing that, in our reawakening to transformational development, we’ll place a lower priority on church-planting. My own personal feeling is that we should be like Jesus, who cared for physical needs AND spiritual needs. He understood the importance of healing people, but he also made it clear that he was “all in” about making disciples of all nations. If you’ve had a question about the biblical basis of Church Planting (or whether we should even still be focusing on it), would you glance through the presentation from my workshop last week at the International Wholistic Missions Conference in Phoenix, Arizona? (I used Prezi. If you’re not familiar with it, it’ll feel something like Powerpoint or Keynote only better. :-) ) Find it here…


My assignment was simple: show the biblical background for wholistic church-planting. If I left something out, please comment below. Or if you agree or disagree, please let me know. Thanks for your time and attention on this. It’s a highly-important topic. Feel free to comment anonymously if you prefer.

One Response to 14) The BackPage: Wholistic Church-Planting
  1. Kimberly Linza Reply


    I felt it was really a good presentation. I’ve spent some time overseas & while I absolutely believe humanitarian efforts are needed (because Jesus often dealt with people’s physical needs before He handled their spiritual needs); I also think these efforts alone aren’t enough. People need to be grown up in a local church somewhere with a pastor & church family who’ll love & pray them into maturity. Crusades are wonderful, but only as a vehicle for funneling new believers into trusted local churches. We have a saying: Harvest isn’t harvest until it’s brought into the barns (the local church). Thus, I agree completely about the need for church planting!

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