I’m reading through a completely Evangelical church planting primer. The first thing it suggests you do is select 23 prayer partners to help you get your church planting project approved by God.
Well, if God doesn’t build the house, the laborers labor in vain!
Let me put this a different way – it’s a good thing to have people pray. But choosing a large number of people to pray to persuade God reflects the “numbers equals holiness” mentality. If God has not commanded you to plant a church….uhhhh… don’t. You could hae ten THOUSAND people praying for you, and if God has not told you to, um… stop.
The book raises the question of, “Why does this church exist?”
I’m afraid in this day and age your answer is liable to be… “because all the other churches in this area are compromising and apostating!”
But put some thought into that. Describe your church, as if you were sitting next to someone at a pastor’s convention (if it’s an IFB pastor’s convention, I’d probably wear body armor) and they said, “tell me about your church.”
Me, I think the answer of, “Uhhh…. it’s a church. We sing hymns, pray, preach the Bible, pray, altar call, see you tonight….” us probably the best one. But you might have a different one in mind!
You’re welcome to copy my answer. It’s a good one.
Do the thought exercises anyway. It might help to focus your thinking.