Has it ever struck you that Jesus, the founder of Christianity, never planted an actual church (i.e. an institution with the connotations of “church”)? He formed a group of disciples who are called “The Church” in a universal sense, but he did not plant a church with a building, staff, etc. Funny, ain’t it?
So while musing upon this noble theme, I decided to start an advice column for Jesus with thoughts on how he can plant churches. (Note: and if you can’t recognize this as a satire, may God have mercy on you!)
It will be a short series and here is the intro:
Jesus did not plant one single church. How can the founder of Christianity escape criticism for this glaring failure? He had no problem wandering the desert, visiting his friends for dinner, and promising the Holy Spirit, but he never left his mark with a church building. What was he thinking? It is abundantly clear today that Jesus’ failure is rooted in his ignorance of today’s accumulated church planting wisdom. Perhaps we can offer Jesus some friendly advice on where his method falls short and how to get on the right track.
Lesson Number One: Noboby Was Left in Charge
To be continued tommorrow.