Anything worth doing is not going to be easy.
That’s the truth in life, and that’s the truth in church planting.
As I coach other church planters, I’ve noticed that that are a lot of us that approach this without a lot of respect for the work it’s going to take to sustain a move of God.
Throughout history, all great moves of God have been a lot of work for the people involved. In the mid-19th century, the great preacher Charles Finney led revivals throughout the US in what became known as the Second Great Awakening. During that time whole communities would be converted into active believers.
Before Finney led revival meetings in towns, he oversaw massive efforts of prayer networks throughout the communities. This methodology would later be replicated by Billy Graham Ministries in his crusades.
Too often we’re caught looking at the harvest, and neglect to understand the work that it took to sow the seed and prepare the field.
Here are a few observations on the work of planting a church…