I keep expecting loud and impressive events to convince me and others of God’s saving power…Our temptation is to be distracted by them…When I have no eyes for the small signs of God’s presence- the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends- I will always remain tempted to despair.
The small child of Bethlehem, the unknown man of Nazareth, the rejected preacher, the naked man on the cross, he asks for my full attention. The work of our salvation takes place in the midst of a world that continues to shout, scream and overwhelm us with its claims and promises.
God himself does not give answers. He gives himself.
“Urban church planting presents unique challenges. The expense is often greater. Facilities are difficult to secure. Diversity forces planters to rethink strategies that might have worked in a more homogeneous environment.”
Brent Storms, President and CEO of Orchard Group Interviewed in Outreach Magazine on the future of church planting.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
I think the biggest challenge of church planting is staying rooted to Christ (mission, vision and values) day in and day out. It can be easy to romanticize or glorify or even idolize the church planting endeavor. The problem with that is that church planting is insanely messy. From the planter to the core group to the first gathering, it’s filled with people who are flawed folks asking God to transform them. Focusing on numbers, strategy and goals rather than repentance, humility and grace is a temptation to make the church planting process a lot cleaner than it actually is.
Kyle Costello, lead pastor of Missio Dei in Salt Lake City