What will you do there? What will your church look like? How will you plant your church?
These are some of the most frequently asked questions for us right now. Although we know what God has called us to do, it is not always easy to answer and actually at times quite difficult to articulate it. But as we continue to spend time in prayer and preparation, our vision continues to take shape. Currently we are reading a ministry/church planting/leadership book Exponential by Dave Ferguson. And it.is.awesome. I read something in it yesterday that made me cheer out loud and filled my eyes with tears. I have been reading it over and over and my heart races each time. I picture a battle scene with hundreds of warriors (some of them babywearing women of course), swords raised, screaming and charging ahead. Here it is…
“…at least one-third to one-half of the American population will never come to churches like the ones you and I attend. Up to 50 percent of the population will not come to a church-owned facility no matter how cool or engaging it looks and feels. Even multiple sites won’t completely solve this problem. So what’s the solution? I believe that in the next decade we will need something more than megachurches and multisite churches-we’ll need reproducing churches filled with missional teams that go to the people and don’t just expect people to come to them. These volunteer-led teams will be part of every church that wants to reach an increasingly diverse world. We can no longer be content asking people to come to us. We need to go to them!”
And there you have it. A well articulated summary of what we plan to do. The battle is already won.