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Church planting is one of the greatest callings and privileges in ministry.

It’s an incredible way to reach people far from God. You meet people and invest in lives to a degree that you never imagined when you said “Yes” to planting a church.

But, church planting certainly has its fair share of challenges, too. It’s not easy or for the faint-hearted.

Our family has the privilege to be on this church planting journey now for eight years. The number one question I get asked is “How did you know you were called to start a church?” The second most asked question is “How did you decide where to plant a church?”

Before I answer those questions, here are a few reasons not to start a church:

  • It sounds cool.
  • You are mad at your current pastor.
  • You think you can lead a church better than others.
  • You’re not sure what else to do.

If any of the above describes you right now, I encourage you to go back to the drawing board or more importantly the prayer closet. Let God do a great work in you and reveal the great work He wants to do through you.

Once you settle the basics, check out the four ways to know if God is calling you to start a church.

The full post I had the privilege to share on LifeWay Pastors.

 

All throughout life and ministry, we face moments that make us think “Why bother?” You take a stand in your world, and it seems to have no effect. You pray for an unsaved or wayward loved one, but there is no change. You spend a lot of time and effort investing in someone who turns against you. You pray and labor but there seems to be no increase in your ministry.

You are tempted to quit.

In Luke 5, Peter had an instance where it seems that nothing made a difference and he wasn’t getting any return. He fished all night and caught nothing! I’m sure he thought, “Why Bother?”

Luke 5:5 says,

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night & haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. 

True fishermen don’t quit.

Galatians 6:9 says,

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.

Is God asking you to do something that others think is crazy? Is God asking you to keep going when others say it’s time to quit?

Here are three reasons to keep going in ministry today. The full post I shared on Lifeway Pastors Blog.

 

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Ministry can be incredibly rewarding. It can also be incredibly draining. No matter how much you do there is always more ministry to be done. There are more people to reach, more people to counsel, and more messages to prepare. Inevitably, you will go through seasons of great joy and great disappointment.

You will experience seasons where it seems everyone is for you and other seasons where it feels like people are out to get you. Judas betrayed Jesus. If it happened to Jesus, it will happen to you.

The thing about ministry is it involves people. People are imperfect including you and me. It’s why Jesus spent time ministering to the crowd but also spent time in solitary with His Father. Solitary moments feed our souls. The opposite is isolation. It doesn’t feed our soul. It dries it up.

When you go through difficult seasons in ministry the temptation is to isolate. If there is one thing I have learned in ministry, it’s we can’t do life alone! We need to fight to have the right connections in our lives to sustain us for the long haul.

I had the privilege to share this post on Lifeway Pastors.

Here are three relational connections every pastor needs.

 

Several years ago, my wife and I decided to make one of the biggest decisions of our lives – we moved to the other side of the country to start a church.

Starting a church in San Diego has been one of our greatest privileges and greatest challenges. San Diego is the number ten most post Christian city in America according to Barna Research.

We knew this was true when one of our kids was invited to a birthday party on Sunday morning of one of the biggest days of the year for Christians – Easter!

Being a Christian or going to church isn’t a part of the culture where we live. It can be difficult when reaching people or starting a church. We have found a joy in the midst of it. When people show up at church or become a Christ follower, it’s because they really want what Jesus offers.

It’s not what everyone else is doing or what’s popular but it is genuine. That is refreshing.

Here are three ways to do ministry in a post-Christian culture.

I had the privilege to write an article for Lifeway Pastors. You can read the full article here.

Several years ago, my wife and I decided to make one of the biggest decisions of our lives – we moved to the other side of the country to start a church. When we say we started from scratch, we literally started from scratch. We didn’t know anyone in the city where we moved. We had no potential prospects of who might attend our church or be on our launch team.

Our closest family and friends would be 2,000 miles away. We weren’t sure it would work. In many ways, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Starting a church across the country has been one of our greatest privileges and greatest challenges.

Check out the four questions to consider before moving across the country in this Lifeway Pastor Article.