In little more than ten years St. Paul established the Church in four provinces of the Empire Galatia; Macedonia, Achaia and Asia... Today if a man ventures to suggest that there may be something in the methods by which St. Paul attained such wonderful results worthy of our careful attention, and perhaps of our imitation, he is in danger of being accused of REVOLUTIONARY TENDENCIES.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
1. Be Resilient
Church planting is harder than you think. Church planters don't just say that—it actually is.
Over the past five years, I have been disappointed, disillusioned and just plain dissed by various people and problems. However, by God's grace, here we stand as a church that is not just surviving, but thriving, and planting new churches.
One of the keys? Resilience.
Good, old fashioned, gospel-driven "sticktoitiveness."
A quality that, in my experience, I have seen lacking in far too many church planters. Many men are interested in having a cool website, a Mac, and the latest Driscoll book in their messenger bag, but how many are willing to stay the course even when the going gets tough? Far fewer. In fact, I believe the absence of resilience is why so many church planters flame out, shame out, or tap out in the first five years and close down their churches.
Acknowledging that resilience is a necessity for missional success, what can we do to grow it within us?
Recognize that God commands it. In Paul's first letter to his apprentice Timothy, he writes... TO CONTINUE