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Saint Patrick: The Patron Saint of Church Planting

March 17, 2017

I think churches should have a Worship Service/party for St. Patrick’s Day every year. In particular, I think American churches should start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I am not saying that churches should roll in kegs of green beer or that we should actually worship Patrick or pray to him. I don’t believe in that kind of saints. I believe that Patrick was an ordinary human like any of us who did something extraordinary to transform his carnal, pagan nation to be a nation that loved God, sent missionaries and saved civilization as we know it. I don’t want to steal the story, but if you have no idea what I am talking about when it comes to civilization, I encourage you to pick up How The Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill.

 

I can say this. Patrick was a man who suffered as a slave to the Irish people, had a powerful conversion experience and after escaping slavery, returned to the Irish people and started a church planting movement that transformed the island forever. In fact, as of a few years ago, Ireland had consistently been the nation that sent more Christian missionaries per citizen than any other nation in the world.

 

How did he do it? He started what became known as monasteries (not what we think of today), communities of believer’s who lived according to the leadership of Jesus Christ and loved the society around it in such a way that others wanted to