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2004 Conversations

Alicia Chole: The truth about joy (12/28/03)

Cookies and Christmas: A roundtable discussion (12/21/03)

John Tesh: In pursuit of passion (12/14/03)

AGWM's L. John Bueno: Bread of life (11/23/03)

Teen Challenge's John Castellani: Christ breaks addictions (11/16/03)

Christian humorist Justin Fennell: Justifiably funny (10/19/03)

Representative Marilyn Musgrave: The role of Christians in government (10/12/03)

Dennis Gaylor: Fifty more campuses (9/28/03)

Kathy Troccoli: A message of hope (9/21/03)

Kristy Starling: Dreams come true (9/14/03)

CeCe Winans Love: Of Gospel and Grammies (8/31/03)

Gary Heavin: Faith and fitness (8/24/03)

Gracia Burnham: Grace in the jungle (8/17/03)

Seattle Mariner John Olerud: Hope when your health fails (8/10/03)

Chris Maxwell: Pastor recovering from memory loss (7/27/03)

Wayne Warner: Today’s Pentecostal Evangel: a historical view (7/20/03)

Paul Drost: Every church a parent or a partner (7/13/03)

Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger: What can be learned from history? (6/29/03)

Ron Drye: Ministering to the whole person (6/22/03)

Matt McPherson: Doing business by the Golden Rule (6/15/03)

The difference (6/8/03)

Fory VandenEinde: Fulfilling the Great Commission (5/25/03)

Tom Greene: The church's new generation (5/18/03)

Lisa Whelchel: Former sitcom star now an advocate for moms (5/11/03)

Tony Lamarque: Warden speaks about unconditional love (4/27/03)

Ann Graham Lotz: Just give her more of Jesus (4/20/03)

Lee Strobel: The case for Christ (4/13/03)

Randall K. Barton: Extravagant stewardship (3/30/03)

Bishop Gilbert Patterson: Bringing people together under Christ (3/23/03)

Pat Boone: A unique celebrity speaks out (3/16/03)

St. Clair Mitchell: God in Washington, D.C. (3/9/03)

Kay Gross: Ministry by women, ministry to women (2/23/03)

Thomas E. Trask: A historic General Council (2/16/03)

Denise Jones: Girls of Grace (2/9/03)

Doug Greengard: Beyond the NFL (1/26/03)

Three pro-life advocates call the church to action (1/19/03)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: The gospel in uniform (1/12/03)

2002 Conversations

2001 Conversations


Every church a parent or a partner

Paul Drost, director of church planting for the Assemblies of God, recently spoke with Associate Editor Kirk Noonan about an innovative campaign that could change the course of the Assemblies of God. This campaign was authorized by General Superintendent Thomas E. Trask and the Executive Presbytery during their last session in March.

PE: You’re calling every church to get involved with church planting. Tell us about that.

DROST: The “Every Church a Parent or a Partner” campaign aims to have every Assemblies of God church plant a church, partner with other churches to plant, or help an existing church that needs assistance to get back on its feet. We want churches to help other churches so that we can reach many more people with the gospel. This strategy is a paradigm shift for us.

PE: How so?

DROST: The Assemblies of God has always been marked by growth and evangelism, but with that has come a mentality of being rugged individualists. Our new focus will ask local church leaders and their congregations to expand their ministry horizons and help a budding congregation.

Historically what has happened is that a church would be planted and then it would be grown as large as possible. But the DNA that was lacking was a philosophy of multiplication, which would have empowered thriving church plants to plant new churches themselves.

PE: That makes sense because a church that was planted is filled with people who know all about church planting.

DROST: Exactly. I believe it’s God’s will for our churches to be multiplying. The Fellowship’s preamble talks about the reasons the Assemblies of God came into existence. Part of that document says we exist to do missionary work at home and abroad. The ‘at home’ part means planting new churches. In effect, we are going back to our roots with this campaign.

PE: How can laypeople be involved?

DROST: They can pray, give finances, volunteer at a church plant or encourage their pastor to support a new church plant in their district.

PE: Can any size church plant a church?

DROST: Smaller churches might not be able to plant another church on their own, but they could partner with a church plant and provide prayer and finances. The point is, no matter how big or small a church is, it can have a part in planting another church.

PE: What are the ingredients for a strong and healthy church plant?

DROST: The healthiest church plants have been mothered by a good strong church. It’s similar to a person being born into a loving, nurturing family versus a family where the person’s basic needs are provided but there is no love or nurturing.

PE: Might every church that is planted wind up being an exact replica of the church that planted it?

DROST: A replica isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the church that did the planting is a healthy church. But church plants naturally take on a personality of their own and find their own niche, worship style and way of doing things. This opens the door for much diversity in our Fellowship. Recently, we had a traditional church help plant a contemporary church and now both churches are thriving.

PE: What are some other benefits of churches planting other churches?

DROST: The harvest is greater. A friend of mine who has a church of 8,000 worshipers and has planted several churches told me that it’s very simple: “We plant more so we can reap more.” The more points of preaching and receptors you have, the more likely people are going to accept Christ as Savior. And that is the best reason to plant churches.

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