The week before COVID hit the US full on in March 2020 my wife and I were at the Exponential church planting conference in Orlando. We had wondered if at some point in our ministry we would plant a church but weren’t really sure if that was the case or not. We heard amazing speakers, attended impactful classes and we prayed about it and concluded at that time planting churches was not for us. We had no idea what God had in store! You have to laugh.
Fast forward several months into the pandemic. Church had stopped meeting on Sunday but we had started meeting with our neighbors outside. While so much isolation plagued our country we were in vibrant, yet distanced and masked, community right in our backyard.
We started to see that God didn’t just call us to start a church. He had already started it, we just needed the eyes to see it!
I never thought I would plant a church. Maybe you feel that same way. It is so easy to think church planting is for a select group of specially trained people But the reality is the majority of churches being planted all over the world are planted by people with little training and a big heart to grow in their love and faithfulness to God and neighbor. Many churches around the world are planted by new believers. They were converted and immediately tasked with attending Sunday school….no wait, that isn’t it! They were converted and immediately tasked with planting a church in their home!
So many of us have been in church for decades. If this is you, you have enough knowledge to plant. The question is not whether you know enough. The question is whether or not you believe the great commission and the example of the church in Acts is for you.
I want to point you to two resources that are changing lives all over the world.
The first is Zume – a free, 20 hour online training in how to evangelize and plant churches with new believers.
The second is 2414 Now – a site that is dedicated to seeing Jesus’ kingdom vision of planting churches in every nation before the end comes.
The third is Finishing the task – also determined to take the gospel to the nations per the Great Commission.
I hope and pray you will look at these three resources and ask God if He is calling you to plant new churches!