Don’t Plant a Church, Plant the Gospel? Seriously?

by | Jul 1, 2011 | Church Leadership, Church Planting

I’ve heard the statement, “Don’t plant a church, plant the Gospel.” I understand that statement because I know the context, but I really feel that such statements bring confusion, especially to those who try to explain that within the context of church planting.

I completely agree with the premise that fuels that statement. We are coming to the realization in the Western Culture that pursing a “come and see” attractional model alone will not produce community transformation. We must become agents of change by understanding that every Follower must be on mission planting the Gospel in every field and plot of ground their feet touches.

However, what we really want to plant is churches. Only the Church can withstand the onslaught brought to bear by the gates of hell. The church in all of its ever-changing form, model and structure is still the body of Christ, His bride.

I certainly can’t say with any accuracy what the church will look like in this country ten or twenty years from now. I do know it will not “look” like it does now. It may even take the form of what some of us would consider “blasphemous.” But, the Church will endure until the end, and at it’s core will be the heart and passion for the Gospel.

So, let’s plant churches, on and with the Gospel. You can’t plant the Gospel and not grow a church. And since a seed can only produce what’s in its DNA, you can’t plant the Gospel and hope to see a church.

The challenge is to change the concept and practice of church planting, not to change what is being planted.

That’s the way I see it, what say you?

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Artie Davis

Artie Davis is the Founding Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. Cornerstone is an International multi-site & multi-ethnic church with locations in the US & Liberia, West Africa. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Artie was a successful entrepreneur and has a passion for coaching and multiplying leaders and writes about it almost exclusively on his blog, He is also the founder and Director of a church planting movement called the Its passion is to partner and plant “life-giving” & “ethnically reflective” churches in smaller cities & communities. Artie is also the Executive Director of, a national gathering movement for leaders and pastors in smaller cities. Internationally, Artie is Co-Founder of Think Liberia (USA), a partnering organization that helps meet physical, medical and spiritual needs of those in the West African nation of Liberia. Artie is married to his life-partner, best friend & wife Georgie. They live in SC, and have three children.