— Chad Pollard is a Church of God (Holiness) minister and is principal of Overland Christian School in Overland Park, Kansas.
It is important for us to understand that central to the Missio Dei, “the sending of God,” is the fact God sent His only Son to this earth. John told us, “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Much has been made about following the pattern of the early New Testament church in recent church planting efforts. However, we must remember that “Jesus rather than the early church is the source of inspiration for church planters… . Church planting that fails to engage with the mission agenda of Jesus can easily become church centered rather than kingdom-oriented.”
We also must remember the church is the body of Christ (Eph. 1:22, 23). Just as Jesus, through His Incarnation, came both to bring the good news and to be the Good News to the world, so the planted church as the body of Christ should both bring and be the good news to the community of which it is a part.