The Truth About Church Planting
When people ask me how the church plant is going, I never know how to answer. There’s good news to report, of course, but it’s never all good. Mostly it feels ordinary, with regular setbacks, with alternating bouts of encouragement and despair.
John Starke captured this in a recent series of tweets:
That’s the truth about church planting: it’s harder than you think, but still worth doing. We must be honest about the cost and the value of church planting.
Meet Richard Overton, America's oldest veteran. In this lively short film by Matt Cooper and Rocky Conly, hear the whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking supercentenarian reveal his secrets to a long life.
Jim Elliot once said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” He had seen through the lie of consumerism. He had seen the emptiness of all this world offers. He had realized the far greater value of the new creation that God promises.
Who wouldn't benefit from reflecting on the life of a man who penned, "“Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth! I care not if I never raise my voice again for him, if only I may love him, please him.”
The long-term health and durability of a church simply cannot exceed the health of her elders who lead, teach, shepherd, and pray the church forward.
"I've sat in those elder meetings and wondered, How are we supposed to know what to do in this situation? In those cases we've looked to help from our friends in the Sojourn Network, whose experience, wisdom, zeal for the gospel, and love for the Lord has been a great encouragement. I'm thankful for this series because I know how many pastors and other church leaders will benefit from such biblically informed guidance on a host of topics."
— Collin Hansen, editorial director, The Gospel Coalition
Every next level of life will demand a different you. — Leonardo DiCaprio
According to meta-analytic data, confidence isn’t what leads to success. Instead, successful behavior is what creates confidence. Unlike dopamine which only lasts short-term, confidence is something you own, once you’ve earned it. Short-term pleasure and long-term joy are two fundamentally different outcomes. Once you’ve begun succeeding at any endeavor, you’ll reach a threshold where you must decide if you’re ready to go to the next level. Most people get comfortable at a certain stage because they don’t want to deal with the emotional purging involved in up-leveling. When you decide to up-level and go bigger, your life becomes very difficult for a short period of time. Have you up-leveled lately? If so, this list of 13 will be familiar.
Nothing beats lying on the sofa and gazing about with pride at the new home you just moved into. That is, unless the reason you’re lying on the sofa is because you strained your back moving furniture. If you’re not used to picking up heavy things (and even if you are), it’s pretty easy to wreck yourself trying to get your bed or sofa in place. You bend, lift, twist, lurch, and crack! A bolt of lightning hits your spine and lays you low for the rest of the day. Or maybe the next six months.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can move your furniture and live to walk upright the next day with just a few simple techniques.