Gene Edwards taken to task

A concern I had when reading Viola's book regarding who can start a house church is addressed in this long article. Simple is definitely better.
New Reformation Review - House Church Christianity

Are All Their Church Planters Trained by Church Planters? A sine qua non for a radical wing church planter is that he must have been trained by another radical church planter. "Sit at the feet of a beat up old church planter! Watch how he deals with problems, answers questions…” (HCM, p.101). Tom Begier, Tim Richey, Nick Vasiliades, and Frank Viola are being trained by Gene Edwards. But may we politely ask: so who trained Gene Edwards, then?

Is the Church Planter Absolutely Necessary for a Church's Existence?

There are several things as well that are troubling about Gene Edwards' conception of the church planter. The church planter is said to be part of the scriptural pattern, and yet we must question just how closely Edwards and his associates conform to that scriptural pattern. For example, in the New Testament we see church planters evangelizing the lost, and then organizing the infant churches from those converts. However, a church planter in Gene Edwards' camp rather works with people who already know the Lord. Another example: a biblical church planter never asked people to move to a specific location, unnaturally uprooting their lives, for the sake of an artificially-created community that probably won't last. A third example: a New Testament church planter always traveled in mutually-accountable teams, but quite to the contrary, Gene Edwards and his crew apparently travel solo. But the most egregious way the self-styled radicals deviate from the scriptural practice of church planting is their elevation of the church planter to godlike, guru status.

Comments

Joe said…
The guru thing strikes me as dangerous, as does the departure from NT methods.
Anonymous said…
Interesting assessment...having been loosely associated with Gene's plant in Jacksonville, I find little similarity between your description of his churches and reality. The "deification" of the church planter is something that is more reminiscent of his books than of the churches themselves. Most churches affiliated with Gene, in fact, only see a planter once in a six month period, if that often. You may have attended one of the churches. Perhaps you've even been affiliated with the churches. Perhaps even you've once been in the training to be a "worker"! But there is something to be said for the community of love and affection that I experienced in Jacksonville that helped me get in touch with Christ. And I think there's probably something Biblical about that... :-) In Christ
jpu said…
its not my assessment, it is someone else's who's been in the same circles as Edwards. i'm glad your experience hasn't been the same.
God is good
jpu
Anonymous said…
YWAM church planters are up to their necks in heresy with emergent church teachings.I hope they can get back on track but with little accountability and the that organization having such a history of abuse I doubt it will happen. A scandal is proably what is needed to clean it up.
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