Over the past several months, we have been working on the creation of a whole new approach to leadership and networking in church planting through what we are calling the PLNTD ecosystem. We endeavor to create an environment through which church planters and churches flourish in the Great Commission.
The first new project, the Roots Reading Initiative, focuses on providing church planters targeted self-feeding opportunities through an informal structure and accountability. The goal of this initiative is for church planters to “deepen their roots” in their understanding of God, the church, gospel, mission, and the world. In doing so, we believe the RRI will be an effective way of keeping church planters “grounded” and growing as leaders, missionaries, and churchmen.
RRI will consist of bi-monthly installments of thematically-driven self-feeding. By embarking on this challenge with other church leaders, RRI will offer encouragement and accountability that we so often need to press on in growing ourselves in the midst of the daily grind. Each bi-monthly installment will have two books to read–one book for each month, along with discussion questions provided by those in the network.
The first installment of the RRI begins November 1, and the theme is “the mission of the church”. Here’s the details for the first installment:
November: The Mission of the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
Nov 6-12 [pages 1-66]
Nov 13-19 [pages 67-140]
Nov 20-26 [pages 141-222]
Nov 27-Dec 3 [pages 223-66]
December: Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester
Dec 4-10 [pages 1-40]
Dec 11-17 [pages 41-96]
Dec 18-24 [pages 97-152]
Dec 25-31 [pages 153-188]
For those who would like to help us get the word out on Twitter, the hashtag is #RRI. More information will be made available in the Training Community of PLNTD, including when the discussions will take place and additional artwork that you can download for your own use.
To get in on the Roots Reading Initiative (and the discussions and book study guides), you will need to join PLNTD on Cobblestone. You can do here. This new resource will be helpful for church planters, pastors, and other ministry leaders seeking to grow in their leadership and stewardship of their calling.