The Parable of the Aspen Grove

Jesus asked, “What can we say the kingdom of God is like? How shall we put it in a parable? It is like a tiny grain of mustard-seed which, when it is sown, is smaller than any seed that is ever sown. But after it is sown in the earth, it grows up and becomes bigger than any other plant. It shoots out great branches so that birds can come and nest in its shelter.” Mark 4:30-32 (PHILLIPS)

What can we say the kingdom of God is like? How shall we put it in a parable? It is like an aspen grove which reproduces new trees from the roots of established trees allowing it to become one of the largest and most beautiful living organisms on earth. Aspen groves become a network, sharing DNA and resources through their root system, making them one of the most successful and widely distributed native trees in North America. They provide beauty and shelter for all.

Church plants also grow and thrive best when connected to the life-shaping DNA and life-giving resources of a network of churches. And churches are designed by God to reproduce new churches. But that work is easier when we engage in it together.

The mission of Aspen Grove Church Planting Network is to plant church-planting churches in the major cultural centers of the mountain west such as Denver, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Bozeman, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Salt Lake City.

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