J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He’s leading Summit towards a bold vision to plant 1,000 new churches by the year 2050.
In the last 10 years, the church has sent out more than 650 people to live on church-planting teams—in North Carolina, across the United States, and around the world.
Derek and Scott talk to him about what it takes to become a sending church.
The ‘Plumblines’ of Summit Church:
1. The gospel is not just the diving board; it’s the pool.
2. We judge our success by sending capacity, not seating capacity.
3. The church is not an audience; it’s an army.
4. People are the mission.
5. Prayer doesn’t just fuel the ministry; prayer is the ministry.
6. Live sufficiently, give extravagantly.
7. The local church is God’s “Plan A.”
8. Where trust exists, God moves.
9. The church should reflect the diversity of its community and proclaim the diversity of the kingdom.
10. Stay where you are, serve where you live, be the church in your community.
11. Discipleship happens in relationships.
12. The best ministry ideas are in the congregation.
13. We are led by the Spirit, taught by the Word.
14. When life cuts us, we want to bleed God’s Word.
15. The 1 takes priority over the 99.
16. The question is no longer if you’re called; it’s only where and how.
Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems, by J.D. Greear
Above All: The Gospel Is the Source of the Church’s Renewal, by J.D. Greear
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