As a result of four decades of church growth thinking, many Christians have developed deeply held assumptions about God, the church and mission that may need to be realigned. Without such realignment, we run the risk of simply attaching new language onto what the church is already doing and ignoring the significant changes, or paradigm shifts, that are necessary.

A genuine discipleship focused, church planting movement is not about tweaking the way we do church. Instead, it involves a thorough recalibration of the way we understand God’s mission in the world and how the church is created to participate in it. The hearts and minds of the people in local congregations must be captured by a revolutionary way of thinking about and living out the Christian life. This simply will not happen if they don’t begin the journey with serious theological reflection.