Today, I was asked by some seminary students what advice I’d give to church planters.
After thinking about that question some more, I’ve listed five adages below that help keep me centered through the task of planting Hope Church NYC.
I imagine some people can relate to these, whether you’re a church planter or not.
*Each adage has a Bible verse italicized that I think captures the essence of each saying.
1. Pray. Now. (Psalm 27)
The two words go together for me. I have to remember that above all else, God is the author and perfecter of my faith. Prayer is the most obvious byproduct of remembering this truth.
As a church planter, it’s convenient for me to forget about God because there’s so much to do, and there’s an insufferable feeling that it’s all on my shoulders.
Well, it’s not. God’s ultimately in control.
The word “Now” is added because prayer is often the easiest thing to push to the back of my to-do list.
Perhaps there are some more urgent things to do as a church planter – but nothing more important.
Hence, I need to pray. Now. Not Later.
2. One Day at a Time (Matthew 6:34)
I alluded to this in a previous post, but this saying is extremely helpful for me.
I so want Hope to instantaneously be what I envision.
Too bad life doesn’t work that way.
Tina laughs at me when I ask her when she thinks we should add another service.
We’ve barely started laying the groundwork for the first, she reminds me.
How was the Great Wall Built? One brick at a time.
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