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The Power Of “I Don’t Know”

By Jeremy Hazelton Village Church, Buffalo, New York Every time I learn something new, I realize how much more I still have to learn. This has been a challenge for me in virtually every aspect of my life, but perhaps most acutely in my work as a church planter and pastor. As someone who likes to masquerade as an intellectual, I pride myself on being well read, having the answer most of the time, and generally projecting the kind of confidence that inspires others to follow my lead. With some healthy accountability and the right kind of truth-tellers in your…

What I Didn’t Know About Church Planting

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” Albert Einstein I’m no Einstein, but I do resonate with this quote. I have only been a church planter for 4 years. Village Church is not quite 3 years old and I’m still a relatively young man. The last few years of church planting have shown me how much I have to learn: 1.  You will say no to some really great things. When you are the new church in town, lots of people want to know what you are about. They may have a list of things…

Jeans, Scissors And The Gospel

Dismal reports of young people leaving church and diminishing attendance could lead to a dire prediction for the future of the church in America.  Research from the Barna Group concludes that the next generation of Christians has a crisis of confidence in institutions, including the church. And yet, studies show that confidence in the church rises when the church is active in the community, seeking restoration and pointing to hope.  This engagement is an outflow of the gospel, not just “holy busyness”.  It community life pointing people to the gospel of Christ. Village Church in Buffalo, New York (planted in…