Church planters often know the â€œlatest book to read.â€ We reference pragmatic books constantly. But are we reading the right books?
Pastors and church planters can find it difficult to read the books we need to read. We are often overwhelmed with emergency readingâ€”reading in areas of the church where we are deficient (e.g. childrenâ€™s ministry, church discipline, missional church, counseling, best practices). We scour blogs and books for practical insight, inevitably digesting half-baked ideas and practices.
If we arenâ€™t careful, we can get indigestion by consuming this stuff. Our diet devolves. We get bogged down in best practices instead of diving deeply into the Bible and our culture…As theologian-missionaries, we should all strive to cultivate and practice a theology that is missiologically oriented and a missiology that is theologically grounded. Not all missiologists follow this difficult, interdisciplinary path. Sometimes the integration of theology and missiology is up to us, the practitioners. We possess the high calling of shepherding the church in truth, wisdom, and love. Read the rest of this article to get a little help can go a long way.
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