Church Planting – Not For The Faint of Heart

Exponential Church Planting Conference. SPARK was the theme of Exponential 2015, inspired by these words Paul wrote to Timothy: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Tim. 1: 6-7). Inside every follower of Jesus is the spark of multiplication and when that spark is “fanned into a flame,” it can ignite an entire culture of multiplication. But it takes friction—the quick strike of the match against a rough surface—to start the process of turning a spark into a flame and ultimately a raging fire. We’re here! Our little spark is here. Our spark has been craving the fellowship of other like minded, church planting crazies like ourselves. We’ve often asked ourselves, who in their right mind plants a church?! No, really! Who does this?! “But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) It’s Jesus who builds His church (Matthew 16:8). His charge and calling compel us. When you surrender to God, He takes over. Thanks to Exponential, we found there are thousands of other crazies like us with the mind of Christ who crave to see the Gospel radically transform lives! It was utterly refreshing to connect with so many other church planters. It was impactful and cathartic. And nice to know we’re not alone. It’s been over a year since we planted Disciples Church. It’s been both an incredible gift, and a difficult journey. If you’re compelled...