The Call to North Africa

8. A Call for Practical Church Planting Principles

The Church is an organism, not an organization. Her strength is in relationships, not in structures or programs. Her preoccupation is spiritual, not political or material. The need of the Church in one area must be the concern of the Church in all areas. Churches exist in the samller organism unit possible. Church organisms are evangelistic; they look out for new disciples and care for them in the group itself. Christian communities are supportive; all feel fully involved. The Church relies on lay ministry, not full-time workers. The Church normally meets in homes or fields, not in buildings set apart for that purpose. Sacraments, the Bible and prayers are given great importance. Believers are encouraged to serve others imaginatively and prayerfully in the name of Jesus. Persecution is accepted as part of the cost of being a follower of Jesus. Western missionaries do not lead such a movement; they enable it.

Conclusion

Can we not dream of a reborn church in the Maghreb? God is working in North Africa. He wants all men to be saved, and that includes Muslims. "The Lord is not slow. He is patient -- with us -- not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

Have we forgotten God's power to change history? He demolished the walls of Jericho, and He can cause a valley of dry bones to rise up into a mighty army. He is working mightily in North Africa today.

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