And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” (ACT 15:36 ESV)
This verse is one of the defining verses for the mission of the Fanning the Flame ministry our church went through a few years ago. We think of planting churches when we think of kingdom building. But revitalization of established churches is also a vital ministry. Here in Acts we see Paul and Barnabas doing both. Cornerstone’s Extending Grace team has put church planting as a high priority when evaluating missions support dollars. Renewal, which is primary in our mission statement, is important too, fitting alongside church planting just as we see in Acts.