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Points on the Board

By Daniel Im

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It’s the morning after the Super Bowl, and I cannot help but start off with an illustration from last night’s big game—a game people that will go down in history as one of, if not, the greatest comebacks in Super Bowl History. After a slow start, and finding themselves down 28-3 towards the end of the third quarter, the New England Patriots rally back in the second half to win in overtime 34-28.

Here’s the truth every sports fan and player knows: you don’t win unless you put points on the board. I know that there’s the philosophical statement, “Defense wins championships!” And to a large degree that is true. However, even though the Pats’ defense held Atlanta to only 7 points in the second half, they would have lost the game unless they put points up on the board.

If you are going to win, you must put points up on the board!

Recently I chatted with Jeff Christopherson, Vice President of the SEND Network of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and author of several books, about church planting and multiplication through the SEND Network. As I went to write this post this morning, I couldn’t help but think of what the SEND Network is doing, is putting P.O.I.N.T.S. on the board to win at church planting and multiplication. Here’s how they are doing it.

P—Putting their resources behind their mouth is. Over the years, they worked towards allocating the financial and personnel resources that support a concentration on church planting and multiplication. Now, NAMB allocates 60% of their budget towards church planting and multiplication. It’s one thing to say you value church planting, missions, and multiplication; it’s completely different to align resources and efforts behind those words. Jeff was honest about the difficulty of doing this. It required many tough decisions and sacrifice to arrive at 60% of the budget going towards church planting and multiplication. To put your money where your mouth is, is to say “no” to many good things and “yes” to the few major things.

O—Open arms to the Kingdom, not just the tribe. Although the SEND Network is a Southern Baptist Convention initiative, Jeff described how the training and coaching posts in their SEND Cities and their SEND Conferences are open to people outside the SBC tribe. In other words, they see what they do, not as a SBC mission initiative but a Kingdom one. It’s about the Kingdom of God and His mission, not the SBC and their mission. Thus, the SEND Networks aims to train and equip planters, regardless of what the tribe  they are part, so that they can see a sustainable movement take form. This cannot happen with closed, but open arms.

I—Intentional vetting to find planters called to cities. One of the aspects of the SEND Network that Jeff discussed was their intentionality of assessing planters. They intentionally vet not only their call to plant, but also their call to a city. During their assessment process they listen for a planter’s vision for a city. If there is a call to plant but no vision for a city, they work with that planter to see where their call will be most effectively lived out. It may be that it is in the city where the planter is looking, but more time is needed for the planter’s heart to beat in rhythm with and for the city. It’s difficult to flesh out a calling where there is no vision.

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  • How the SEND Network is putting P.O.I.N.T.S. on the board to win at church planting and multiplication…
  • It’s one thing to say you value church planting; it’s completely different to align resources & efforts behind what to say.
  • To put your money where your mouth is, is to say “no” to many good things & “yes” to the few major things.
  • Networks should assess both the planter’s call to plant and his call to the respective  city in which he desires to plant.
  • The future of church multiplication & movement is determined in large part by the ability to reach the coming generation.
  • The SEND Network strategically focuses on large cities w/high population centers & low church/Christian populations.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Founder of NewChurches.com and the Director of Church Multiplication for 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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