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July 13, 2017

Christ Together

By Daniel Im

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Every man, woman, and child

If we were to examine the presence of the church in our country, we would notice a couple things. The first is that gospel-centered churches are rare. Secondly, seldom do you see different denominations and networks work together. The North American Church has often taken this posture, gotten comfortable, and limited their effectiveness to reach their communities. But what would it look like if churches from every tribe, network, and denomination worked together to reach our country with gospel of Jesus Christ?

Recently, I spoke with Will Plitt, Executive Director of Christ Together. Will talked about their vision to unify the church to demonstrate and communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to every man, woman, and child in America. Will shared how he and others saw a great decline in Christianity in the United States. They believe desperation is driving the church to ask different questions that it historically has not been asking.

Christ Together

Christ Together emerged in Atlanta, GA, when God brought together pastors from different networks and denominations that were committed to gospel saturation in their cities. They were asking the question, “Is there more that we can do together to make a greater impact in the United States?” Will says that the Spirit of God gave them a resounding “Yes.”

Today, Christ Together has a working presence in 76 cities across the United States. Will said that when they share what Christ Together is and how they can help serve churches, they never have to convince people about their vision. He said that they are going to places where God has already been at work. Pastors have repeatedly told them that while they were busy building their churches, they lost their cities. This realization has caused a paradigm shift that has led Christian leaders and pastors to ask how they can move from being a collective community to a mobilizing community.

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Tweetables:

  • “What would it look like if churches focused on what unifies us rather than what differentiates us?”-@willplitt‬
  • “Desperation is driving the church to begin to ask different questions that it historically has not been asking.”-@willplitt‬
  • “You have to multiply disciples, leaders, and new churches in every level to create access for lostness.” -@willplitt‬
  • “What does God want in your city? What would it look like if God actually did that? What would it take?” -@willplitt‬
  • “Christ Together is not about prescribing strategy, but rather about reshaping and setting a new culture—culture always trumps strategy.” -@willplitt‬
  • “When we get consumed with the tyranny of the urgent we don’t really know the community God has called us to be in.”- @willplitt‬
  • “It’s a beautiful John 17 conversation when you get different denominations to come together around a common table to ask a different set of questions for their city.”-@willplitt‬

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. He is the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed) with Ed Stetzer. He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Visit Danielim.com to learn more.

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