The Church in Crisis


January 25, 2019

As I said last week, I’ve changed… and what I’m about to write is soooo not church thinking in the West. 

I am convinced we need to think differently when it comes to how we plant churches! Otherwise, not only a generation but generations will continue to be lost! 

If we think that church planting involves A. B. C. P. P. P.  the job simply isn’t going to be achieved. Let me explain:

If the focus is … Attendance numbers, Buildings, Cash, Professionalism, Performance or Programs, the multiplication of churches simply will not happen! And multiplication needs to happen if we are to reach millions of lost people in Europe, USA, Australia and yes, even NZ. Christianity is losing ground in these countries. I don’t want to hear that; I don’t want to face that or think about it. But in reality, it is. There are pockets of greatness and some wonderful things happening, but the fields are huge!

Perhaps we should take our models NOT from the West, but elsewhere? Of course, these models need to be relevant to Western people; but there must be some clues, because many countries, such as China, India, Iran, Africa are multiplying like crazy!!!

Have we complicated church? Can we simplify? Do we need $20,000 - $50,000 to plant a church? Why? If we need a building in order to plant, this will be a major hindrance to many who may consider planting new churches. If we need 60 – 100 people to begin a church, it just won’t happen in thousands of towns in Poland, France, Spain and Belgium, why? Because there are often only one or two Christians in the town, if that!! Let’s be honest when a church begins in NZ, Australia or USA, people come from other churches. Is that OK? I guess it is what it is – but, it’s not Plan A.

Please do not hear me say that I am against ABCPPP.

I am simply saying this cannot and should not be ‘THE’ focus if we are serious about harvest and multiplying churches & seeing lost people brought into the kingdom! If we need a building get one, if we need finances let’s find them etc., but let’s be careful what becomes our major focus.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE big church, I LOVE buzzing communities of faith, but there are thousands that don’t fit in the walls/programs of these great churches.

We are missing not only a generation, but generations. Does this bother you?  

I wonder if we have complicated church? I wonder if we have complicated Christianity. 

What do you think?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, please send me an email.

Nick's Books

Nick shares insights and encouragement from 40 years of ministry.
Selling these resources also helps support his ministry activity.

Book Nick to speak

A passionate international speaker, eager to share on faith, leadership, self care, healing, church planting, relationships and the Holy Spirit, Nick's heart is to simply add his voice to the lead pastors voice.

Nick travels internationally often, so please get in touch regardless of where you are.

God has wonderfully and generously provided for Nick and Karen, and while Nick doesn't have a speaking fee, if travel is able to be covered that would be great. He doesn't ever want anyone to feel any pressure. This is a faith ministry so simply give what you feel to give. Nick will also bring his resources with him if anyone wishes to purchase them.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

How to partner with Nick's Ministry

This is made possible by people like you supporting Nick through prayer, purchasing resources and partnering through giving. Please prayerfully consider supporting Nick, thank you those who already support him.

Visit the BookstorePartner: Give by Credit CardPartner: Give by Deposit