Playing without the Queen

Posted: November 15, 2012 by efenster in Ideas

I recently attended training for church planters and heard a new expression:  “Playing without the queen.”  The presenter, from the Church Multiplication Training Center, explained that if one really wants to learn to play chess, he should allow his queen–the most powerful piece on the board–to be taken by his opponent early on so that he will be forced to learn to play with his remaining pieces.

For a church planter, the queen represents the weekly worship service.  Once you launch public worship, your limited time, energy, and resources will need to be directed on producing and sustaining ongoing weekly services.   Many church planters rely on their public worship too much, neglecting things like studying and connecting with those outside in the mission field, engaging the church members in outreach and disciplemaking, etc.  So advice for church planters:  Play without the queen for as long as possible.

Does this same dynamic exist in established churches too?  What might the “queen” represent in your church?  What is it in your church that demands most of your church’s resources?  What is it that is pulling your church’s attention inward, away from its mission to make disciples and transform its community?  What would it look like if your church played without the queen?

— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development

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Comments
  1. Debbie says:

    Ed, what a thought provoking message. Sounds like an early Acts gathering, or am I wrong?

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