Missionary work will eventually lead to church plantings, but there are good ways to plant churches and bad ways to plant churches. Ed Stetzer’s article on three church planing practices that must die is insightful and cutting.

Specifically he asks us when thinking about planting a church: “What difference does my church plant make in this community and in the world?” Here are his three main points:

First, we need to stop the sort of messaging that communicates (implicitly or explicitly) that all other churches are really bad and ours is the best.

Second, we should stop offering a completely weekend-centric ministry (if that is what we currently do).

Third, we must never plant churches simply to meet the niche needs of Christians.

Read the whole thing.