We Are Better Together

We are not looking for numbers.  We are looking to start a movement.

We are not looking for quantity; we are looking for quality.  And our measuring stick for that is whether or not a church shares the tribal ethos that is the epicenter of the Greenhouse Movement: whether or not a church is “green” and whether or not a church is fluent (see Leadership Fluencies).  DNA is key for systemic continuity within the movement and we will not compromise on that.

We don’t have a desire to see the “Greenhouse brand” move forward; we have a desire to see the Kingdom advance with like-minded planters and pastors coming together for mutual and continual sharpening and influence.  There are varying levels of influence one might have; there are podcasts one can listen to, websites that one can access that can generate ideas, and there are books that can be read to help one along with vision and ministry.

But sometimes that is not enough.

Sometimes you find a fellow pastor who shares the same heartbeat, vision, and purpose and it would be foolish not to form a partnership that will exponentially increase your effectiveness through synergy and influence of one another.  This is what we hope to see happen within the movement; like-minded ministers coming together to seek the Lord, share best practices, and become better together than we were apart.

Commitments

More than just another network. It’s a collaborative movement.

The purpose of the Greenhouse Movement centers around collaboration, synergy, and unity. These do not happen in a vacuum, but where there is consistent proximity and communication as well as core values that all members ascribe to. In order for that to take place, we are asking all Greenhouse Movement members to commit to the following:

Quarterly Gatherings

Four times a year, we will ask partners within the Greenhouse Movement to gather together for 3-5 day increments for corporate God-seeking, fluency training, DNA dissemination, and leadership training. This is a time for like-minded planters and pastors to sharpen one another as we encounter God together and share best practices and how God is moving in our churches and ministries.

Prioritization of Core Values

God-Seeking

Ministry for God without intimacy with God is a dead work. In all Greenhouse Movement churches, this should be paramount.  We believe spiritual leaders must have first-hand experiences with God in order to lead people to have first-hand experiences with God. We intend to mobilize movements of people who will make the first commandment their first priority.

Discipleship

We make disciples. Not religious services. Not song lists. Not interesting sermons. This is the Great Commission. On the day of judgment, we will stand before God and give an account for this command. Are we bringing disciples with us into eternity. It is beyond tragic that the average Christian has never “made” one disciple.  The church does not move forward without an intense commitment to discipleship.  This was Jesus’ final command – to go and make disciples and we as a movement are fiercely committed to this.

Radical Generosity

We are a movement of generosity.  Therefore every church should adopt an open-handed extravagance approach from day one. We recognize the subversive nature of extravagant generosity in a culture of greed. We give 50% of everything we spend in our annual budget away to missions, church planting, and the poor and call all of our GHM partners to live and do ministry in a way that is wildly generous.  We are not asking you to move to 50% overnight, but to posture your heart and church in a way that is pragmatically moving towards generosity.

True Mission

This encompasses both the lost and the least. We absolutely expect harvest.  In the book of Acts the Lord added to their numbers regularly those who were being saved.  We expect nothing less.  We must make disciples who understand that soul-winning is the normal Christian lifestyle.  We also want disciples who live out the call and lifestyle of Jesus to be around all people.  Not just wealthy or influential people, but the poor and the least of these.  We clearly see Jesus intentionally making time for those who others disregard and we want to follow Him in that way.

The Process

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