One of the main presenters at the church planting conference in California was Jim Slack, an anthropologist, former missionary, and researcher for the Internation Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He set the vision for church planting in the light of world population growth. For whereas the world is growing by multiplication (the population has mushroomed from 5 billion to 6.5 billion in just 15 years), the church is growing by addition (from 1990-2000 there was a net-gain of 4,600 churches in the U.S.A. but there needed to be a net gain of 38,802 just to keep pace with population growth).
Thus, he called for us to think bigger thoughts, to think about spawning church planting movements rather than occasional church plants. And from his extensive research around the world, he helped us see what it will take to create such movements here in the U.S.A.
Over the next several days I will present some of these ideas, but before I do, I'm curious: What do you think are the key elements that mark church planting movements around the world?