There are a ton of great networks out there, so what is unique about the Greenhouse Movement?
What would joining the Greenhouse Movement do for you?
We believe that who you are and the cultural environment you create dictates what you produce. Discipleship is caught, not taught which is why culture is critical to us. We have a high value on cultural leadership and defend this at all costs. The Greenhouse Movement brings unique leadership, ministry, and team dynamics to the table that we feel are very Biblical and very effective. Through the continuing relationship with partners in the Greenhouse Movement, you will become fluent in the cultural leadership that we feel is paramount for ministry success.
We want to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry and allow people to live up to their full leadership and disciple-making potential. Unfortunately, the church planting culture in the United States has stifled a lot of church planters and disciple-makers from reaching and embracing their potential because if someone does not have a massive launch on day 1 or a megachurch within 5 years, this is considered a failure… and we disagree.
We do not believe that brick and mortar buildings or a collection of religious people make up a thriving church. Jesus wasn’t looking for crowds; He was looking for disciples. We aren’t looking for a mere populous of attenders; we want a movement of world changers, and this does not always fit the mold of a Sunday gathering. It is not that we are against Sunday gatherings or think they are a bad thing. (The majority of churches in the Greenhouse Movement do weekend gatherings!) We just recognize that Sunday gatherings are not the only thing, which is why we have multiple planting strategies.
We are looking for people who have a heart to worship, be on mission, and in community and are willing to multiply this model by making other disciple makers (who will then go make other disciple makers). We take a both/and approach to this and are looking to train others in this approach as well. From microchurches, to house churches, to traditional Sunday morning gatherings, we are willing to step inside or outside the box and do whatever it takes to help you make disciples. We will also train you to be fluent in the art of assessing the contextual clues to help you make a Spirit-led decision of how to plant in your area.
You will be trained and equipped to understand and be able to execute both traditional and nontraditional planting strategies in any context around the world.
We believe that when people are exposed to other God-seekers, to other apostolic and entrepreneurial minds, to best practices, and are communicating with those who are also in the trenches regularly, they are better for it. The larger the shared pool of resources, abilities, and experiences, the smarter the decisions become. Collaboration is a big deal to us because we want to be exposed to the best of the best, to sharpen one another and to grow together through regular interactions. And this is one of the major benefits of becoming part of the Greenhouse Movement. Through regular gatherings in person and ongoing relational connections, collaboration is a cornerstone of success for all planters and pastors involved.
Covering & Relational Connections
A big aspect of partnering with a network is the spiritual covering that it brings and the relationships that are created. GHM is not a network for simply funding and releasing church planters: it is a relational movement that functions more like a family than a business. One of our biggest assets are the relationships that we build and the familial bonds that are created working alongside each other in ministry. The synergy and relational accountability that comes from like-minded planters and pastors is invaluable and something that a lot of new planters and even seasoned pastors are missing. Pastors needs other pastors pushing them to go deeper with the Lord, asking them hard accountability questions, and being there when they need them. Within the Greenhouse Movement, one of our major goals is not just healthy churches on the outside, but healthy leaders on the inside.
The beauty of microchurch and house church planting is that the overhead is absolutely minimal, so specific planting strategies within the GHM are not tied up in finances. We do understand, however, that macrochurch (Sunday gathering) plants do require funding, which is why we are strategically partnered with other networks who can help match funds and support new plants financially. All Greenhouse Movement churches also invest in other church plants, which allows us to help fund and support new plants that are happening. As the Movement grows, so does the opportunity for funding. We are excited and honored to be a part of church planting, including funding young planters to help actualize their dream of seeing the Kingdom come through new works!