Author: Cody C. Lorance
Not long ago, I was asked to speak on the topic of “Starting Church Planting Movements among Diasporas”. Oddly enough, though I have been well immersed in both the church planting and diaspora missions worlds for some time now, I have never considered this particular hybrid. As far as I know, the concept of a “church planting movement” was rather popularized (if it is possible to popularize a topic of missiology) by David Garrison in his writings on the subject about a decade or so ago. Diaspora missiology is a comparatively younger field of study – at least in the sense that relatively few people were talking much about it prior to Cape Town 2010. Ralph Winter was certainly correct in his analysis that diaspora missiology “may well be the most important undigested reality in missions thinking today.”[i] So, when I was asked to look at this issue of “diaspora church planting movements”, I realized that my task was to “digest” church planting movements from the perspective of diaspora missiology.
Today then, will be the first of what will likely be several installments on the subject. I earnestly invite your interaction. What I hope to do is to explore the issue with you using my own working presentation on the topic as an outline. Eventually, I hope to arrive at some solid insights that could be put into a meaningful article or book chapter. So, let’s dig in.
Keywords: church planting