THE MISSION OF GOD
AND
CHURCH PLANTING
God's mission is to form one
people from all peoples for His
glory and worship.
LOSTNESS
IN
NORTH AMERICA
Lostness
Population of North America
333,728,942
What percentage are lost?
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States: 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center (Nashville, Tenn.)
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
In the United States
50% were not members of any church
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Population of North America
333,728,942
50% = 166,864,471
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Population of North America
333,728,942
50% = 166,864,471
The SBC Reported
371,850 baptisms in 2005
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
In North America
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
In North America
If only
50% are
lost …
SBC baptisms for 2005 represent 0.22%
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Another view
Bobby Welch,
the SBC president 2006,
challenged Southern Baptist
to baptize 1,000,000 during
that year.
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Another view
What if Southern Baptist
baptize 3,000,000
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
In North America
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
What about all evangelical
churches in North America?
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
What about all evangelical
churches in North America?
Approximately 400,000
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
What about all evangelical
churches in North America?
Approximately 400,000
Assume each church baptizes the same
average as SBC churches –
7.6 per church
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
What about all evangelical
churches in North America?
400,000 x 7.6 = 3,040,000
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
What about all evangelical
churches in North America?
400,000 x 7.6 = 3,040,000
We would almost keep pace with the
population growth
… but still not reduce lostness
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Another view
In North America
… people are dying everyday
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
United States and Canada Combined
303 people die every hour
7,272 people die every day
2,656,098 people die every year
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
United States and Canada Combined
303 people die every hour
7,272 people die every day
2,656,098 people die every year
Over 1500 will die during the 5 hours we
are in this meeting today.
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
United States and Canada Combined
303 people die every hour
7,272 people die every day
2,656,098 people die every year
Over 1500 will die during the 5 hours we
are in this meeting today.
At least 750 are lost
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Another view
The population of
North America is increasing
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
United States
Source: U.S. Census
One birth every 8 seconds
One death every 13 seconds
One international migrant (net) every 31 seconds
Net gain of one person every 11 seconds
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
If we start 1,875 churches in 2007 …
The population of North America
will increase by 3,164,526.
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
If we start 1,875 churches in 2007 …
The population of North America
will increase by 3,164,526.
1,687 members per church
to equal the population growth
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Another Church Planting View
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Another Church Planting View
The population of North America
will increase by 3,164,526.
God’s glory among all peoples.
Lostness
Another Church Planting View
The population of North America
will increase by 3,164,526.
12,658 new churches with
250 members per church
to equal the population growth
God’s glory among all peoples.
Another Church Planting View
The population of North America
will increase by 3,164,526.
31,645 new churches with
100 members per church
to equal the population growth
God’s glory among all peoples.
Critical Issues to Understanding Lostness
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Issue 1: Recognizing how we see lostness.
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Do we see lostness from an ECONOMICAL
perspective? “If we just have more money for
evangelism, church planting, resources and
buildings we can solve this problem.
Lostness
God’s glory among all peoples.
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Do we see lostness from an
ORGANIZATIONAL perspective? “If we will
just organize ourselves better (strategies,
training events, staff, etc) we can solve
this lostness problem.”
Do we see lostness from a
PHILOSOPHICAL perspective? “If we will
just think better (missiologically,
missionally, etc.) we can solve this
lostness problem.”
Lostness
God’s glory among all peoples.
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Do we see lostness from a THEOLOGICAL
perspective? “If we will just practice sound
doctrine in all of our churches we can
solve this lostness problem.
Do we see lostness from a PRAGMATIC
perspective? “If we will just do something,
just do it, we will solve this lostness
problem.”
Lostness
God’s glory among all peoples.
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Do we see lostness from a PIETISM
perspective? “If we will just walk closely
with God and spend time with Him and His
word, we will solve this lostness problem.”
Do we see lostness from an AMERICAN
CHURCH GROWTH perspective? “If we can
get each of our churches to grow in
number of members/converts, we will
solve this lostness problem.
Lostness
God’s glory among all peoples.
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Issue 2: Recognizing God’s patterns for
reducing lostness.
Lostness
God's mission is to form one
people from all peoples for His
glory and worship.
SALVATION PROMISED
Gen. 3:15 – “And I will put enmity between
you and the woman, And between your
seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on
the head, And you shall bruise him on the
heel.”
DIVISION INTO PEOPLES
Gen. 11:1-9
Tower of Babel
God scattered the one
people into many
peoples.
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Acts 17:26
Paul’s Message on Mars Hill
“…and He made from one man
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every nation (ETHNOS) of
mankind to live on all the
face of the earth, having
determined their appointed
times and the boundaries of
their habitation, so that they
should seek the Lord and
that they might find Him… .”
ABRAM CALLED
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Genesis 12:1-3
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Call of Abram
God will make name great
Blessing to all the families (MISHPAHA) of the
world
ISRAEL’S PRIESTLY ROLE
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Exodus 19:3-6
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Israel was to obey God and keep His
covenant
They were set apart to be a kingdom of
priests
God would manifest His Name and glory
through Israel’s faithfulness to Him
CHRIST’S COMMISSION
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Matt:28:19-20
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To the Church
Making Disciples
All peoples (ta ethne)
CREATION
MANKIND
THE FALL
REDEMPTION PROMISED
TOWER OF BABEL
DIVISION
INTO
PEOPLES
CALL
OF
ABRAM
HEBREW
PEOPLE
ISRAEL
INCARNATION
GOD’S KINGDOM
REDEMPTION PURCHASED
Church at
Iconium
HOLY SPIRIT GIVEN
Church at
Lystra
JERUSALEM
CHURCH
ANTIOCH
CHURCH
Church at
Philippi
Church at
Athens
ONE PEOPLE FROM ALL PEOPLES
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“After these things I looked and behold a
great multitude which no one could
number, of all nations (TA ETHNE), tribes,
peoples and tongues, standing before the
throne and before the Lamb, crying out,
Salvation belongs to our God who sits on
the throne and to the Lamb.” Revelation
7:9
A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME
Simon has declared how God at the first
visited the Gentiles to take out of them a
people for His name. And with this the
words of the prophets agree, just as it is
written: After this I will return … So that
the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
Even all the Gentiles who are called by My
Name, Says the Lord.
Acts 15:14-17
God's mission is to form one
people from all peoples for His
glory and worship.
FORMING ONE PEOPLE
FROM ALL PEOPLES
FOR
GOD’S GLORY AND WORSHIP
AMONG
ALL PEOPLES
GOD’S PEOPLES
FOCUS
INCARNATION
PATTERN
TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCHES
KINGDOM PRINCIPLES
MISSIONARY
TEAMS
DISCERN
WORLDVIEWS,
LANGUAGES,
CULTURES
GOD’S ACTIVITIES
DISCOVER
UNREACHED
PEOPLES
&
GOD’S
ACTIVITIES
GOD’S PEOPLES
FOCUS
INCARNATION
PATTERN
DESIGN
CONTEXTUAL
CHURCH PLANTING
APPROACHES
TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCHES
KINGDOM PRINCIPLES
DISCIPLE
INDIGENOUS
REPRODUCING
LEADERS
MISSIONARY
TEAMS
THE INCARNATION PATTERN:
WITNESSING/DISCIPLING INDIVIDUALS
JESUS:
HEBREW
INDIVIDUAL
DISCIPLES:
HEBREW
INDIVIDUALS
POPULATION:
HEBREWS/
GENTILES
THE INCARNATION PATTERN:
DISCIPLING GROUPS OF BELIEVERS
JESUS:
HEBREW
INDIVIDUAL
DISCIPLES:
HEBREW GROUP
OF
INDIVIDUALS
POPULATION:
HEBREWS/
GENTILES
PAULINE MISSIONARY PLANTER PATTERN
MULTIPLE TA ETHNE
with
MULTIPLE WORLDVIEWS &
CULTURES
DISCOVERING UNREACHED
PEOPLES
Jesus went through all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good
news of the kingdom and healing every disease
and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he
had compassion on them, because they were
harassed and helpless, like sheep without a
shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The
harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask
the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out
workers into his harvest field.” (Matt. 9:35-38)
Mapping People Groups and
Population Segments
Mexican
Oxacans
Iranian
Farsi
Anglo Middle Class
1st Gen
Somali
Hip Hop
African
American
Low Income
African American
Indian
Punjabis
2nd Gen
Chinese
COMMUNITY ANALYSIS
TEMPLATE
PAULINE MISSIONARY PLANTER PATTERN
MULTIPLE TA ETHNE
with
MULTIPLE WORLDVIEWS &
CULTURES
DISCERNING WORLDVIEWS
THREE LEVELS OF WORLDVIEW
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SURFACE LEVEL
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BEHAVIORS OUT OF INTERNAL RESPONSES
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MIDDLE LEVEL
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VALUES, BELIEFS, FEELINGS, THINKING (INTERNAL
RESPONSES) FROM DEEP LEVEL ASSUMPTIONS
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Shopping at Mall
Finding the Best Buy/Sale Items
DEEP LEVEL
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UNCHALLENGED ASSUMPTIONS
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Materialism – Life Consists of Possessions
WORLDVIEW
Worldview
Beliefs
Values
Behavior
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MORMONISM
SECULARISM
CHRISTIANITY
WORK
LIFESTYLE
EXPLAINING
EVALUATING
INTERPRETING
INTEGRATING
ADAPTING
FAMILY SYSTEMS
SOCIAL NETWORKS
EDUCATION
MUSIC
BRIDGES AND BARRIERS FOR
GOSPEL COMMUNICATION
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BRIDGES – beliefs, values, social customs,
behaviors in a group that are similar but
not equal to biblical teachings. Their
similarity helps initial communication of
the gospel.
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BARRIERS – beliefs, values, social
customs, behaviors in a group that are
contradictory to biblical truths. These are
addressed throughout the evangelism and
discipleship efforts.
Paul Hiebert
WORLDVIEW ASSESSMENT
 Name
of the Group
 Language (s)
 Location
 Population
 Description
 History
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ECONOMICS
SOCIALIZATION
POLITICAL STRUCTURES
RELIGION
VALUES
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People cannot often verbalize their
worldview
Ways to discover
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Know your own
Study literature
Study symbols and rituals
Interview and participation
Critique with Scripture
PAULINE MISSIONARY PLANTER PATTERN
MULTIPLE TA ETHNE
with
MULTIPLE WORLDVIEWS &
CULTURES
DESIGNING METHODS
Jerusalem Model
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Acts 2
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Establishing Presence
Leadership Development
Structural/Organizational Development
Community
Spiritual Power
Evangelistic
Homogeneous
Antioch Model
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Acts 11
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Worship
Prayer and Fasting
Sending
Multicultural
Multiplication Across Cultures
Reproducing Structures
Missionary Teams
 Local Churches
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Ephesus Model
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Acts 19
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Teaching Evangelism/Disicipling (School of
Tyrannus)
Gospel Spreads through Asia by Reproducing
Disciples
Ephesus Transformed
PAUL
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PAUL WITH THE JEWS
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PAUL WITH THE GENTILES
Anglo American Middle Class
Church Planter
CP
NC
Anglo American Middle Class
Multiplying Church
NC
NC
MC
NC
NC
NC
NC
Mapping People Groups and
Population Segments
Mexican
Oxacans
Iranian
Farsi
Anglo Middle Class
1st Gen
Somali
Hip Hop
African
American
Low Income
African American
Indian
Punjabis
2nd Gen
Chinese
REPRODUCING/TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCHES
GOD’S
MISSION
TRADITIONAL
CHURCH
COMMUNICATE GOSPEL
LOST
PEOPLES
NEW REPRODUCING/
TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCHES??
Anglo American Middle Class
Pauline Missionary Planter
NC
NC
PMP
NC
NC
NC
NC
REPRODUCING/TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCHES
GOD’S
MISSION
REPRODUCING/
TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCH
MISSIONARY TEAMS
LOST
PEOPLES
NEW REPRODUCING/
TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCHES
REPRODUCING/TRANSFORMATIONAL CHURCHES
REPRODUCING/
TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCH
MISSIONARY TEAMS
LOST
PEOPLES
NEW REPRODUCING/
TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCHES
LOST
PEOPLES
NEW CHURCH STARTS
NEW REPRODUCING/
TRANSFORMATIONAL
CHURCHES
PAULINE MISSIONARY PLANTER PATTERN
MULTIPLE TA ETHNE
with
MULTIPLE WORLDVIEWS &
CULTURES
DISCIPLE LEADERS
PAUL AT PHILIPPI
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PAUL FOLLOWED INCARNATION PATTERN
OBEYED CALL AND WENT
WITNESSED TO PERSONS OF PEACE
STRENGTHENED THEM AS A GROUP IN THE
WORD
PRAYED CONSTANTLY FOR THEM
WROTE THEM INSTRUCTIONS
TRUSTED THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DO IN THEM
WHAT HE HAD EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE
CHURCH AND MISSIONARY TEAM LEADERS
DISCIPLED
Mapping People Groups and
Population Segments
Mexican
Oxacans
Iranian
Farsi
Anglo Middle Class
1st Gen
Somali
Hip Hop
African
American
Low Income
African American
Indian
Punjabis
2nd Gen
Chinese
DEVELOP CHURCHES
People-Group-Focused
Evangelism, Church Planting and Missionary Sending
NORTH AMERICA’S
MULTIPLE TA ETHNE
with
MULTIPLE WORLDVIEWS
and CULTURES
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