It’s been a little over fifteen years since my wife Marie and our three kids moved from Southern California to Aurora, Colorado eager to ‘see what the Lord might do’. Well, the Lord has done, and continues to do great things and to think that we almost didn’t see them due to my lack of faith, fear, and all around humanity. Mistakes surround our ministry here, yet God has used them to disciple, mature, and display His glory to us in wonderful ways. I’m grateful, as I’m sure many of you are, for our God who, even when we are faithless, remains faithful! Reflecting upon His loving care of us, a few things come to mind that will surely help you in your church planting adventure.
God cares about you more than He cares about you planting a church. While it might be the most important thing on your mind right now, it’s not God’s. He loves you. He sent Jesus for you. He desires a deeper more intimate relationship with you. If planting a church is coming before your relationship with Him, you’ve got it backward and unless you change, a painful readjustment is up ahead.
If planting a church is coming before your relationship with Him, you’ve got it backward and unless you change, a painful readjustment is up ahead.
God loves the people in the city you’re praying about. If you don’t share that love for the people and your identity is bound up in being a pastor and planting a church, don’t do it. Wait. Cultivate that love with God first and foremost so you can genuinely love your neighbor as yourself.
God is worthy of your holy life of obedience. As the vessel God uses, your dedication to holiness in the life of ministry is of utmost importance. We have witnessed in the past great men, friends, pastors and leaders whom God has used greatly not guard their personal holiness. Through sin, they disqualified themselves from ministry hurting many along the way. Let’s pray for them and for us! God is worthy of a growing life of obedience from us.
God is gracious and compassionate, full of mercy and truth. Set the foundation of His church plant not upon methods and techniques or ideas and philosophies, but upon the grace of God, teaching people to not rely on the resources of Adam, but rather to live in the power and presence of God’s Holy Spirit. Grace. Grace. Grace.
Set the foundation of His church plant not upon methods and techniques or ideas and philosophies, but upon the grace of God…
I’m a church planter at heart. God has wired me that way. Even with fifteen years of ministry passing so quickly, we still see ourselves cooperating with God in the planting of His fruitful church. I love the thrill, the challenges, and the results of seeing God do great and glorious things through the life of the local church. I especially love encouraging, serving, and equipping church planters of every generation to go forward in their calling, walking by faith. If you need or want help, reach out. We’re here to serve you.
I shared a Bible study here at Calvary Aurora not too long ago entitled, “Biblical Truths That Have Helped Me in Servanthood”. Of course I’m learning all the time, but I believe it will encourage and edify you. It can be found here.
Ed Taylor is the founding and Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Aurora. You can also follow the church’s Pastor Ed’s Twitter feed.