Where to Start and Where to End

When I work with church planters it seems they want to talk about the vision that God’s given them to plant a church. While it is critical to understand where you are headed and how you are going to get there, clarity of your vision is not the place to start when planting. Start with God’s mission. God is a missionary God. The Father sent His Son to fulfill a specific mission on earth. The Father and Son sent the Spirit. And the Father, Son and Spirit sent the Church. The Church is not the end, but rather it is the means to the end!

Establishing churches (church planting) is not the end. The glory and greatness of God displayed among all peoples of the earth worshipping around the throne – that’s what the end looks like. Planting churches needs to start with and end with this picture in mind.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Focus on God’s mission! Consider what would it look like for the mission of God to be fulfilled in your neighborhood, community or city.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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  1. Lavern Brown
    Lavern Brown says:

    We have to deal with the same issue in our client churches. We tell them, in essence, "let's stop focusing on your (dysfunctional) programs and processes for a moment. Instead, let us look to God's mission and your role in it.


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