If today you’re tempted to hide in fear, if today you’re feeling under resourced and outmatched, welcome to church planting! Being six years into this myself, you need to know that you are not alone and not the first planter to feel like this. When I am feeling fear, frustration or just feeling stuck, I come back to these 4 principles from the story of Gideon.
- Tweet this! Unorthodox weapons yield unexpected results. Gideon showed up to the fight with the unordinary and unusual. Last time I checked being armed with clay pots and torches was not the common method of taking ground. What or who are your “clay pots and torches”? What you think is a disadvantage might actually be the advantage you’ve been looking for. Your building, strategy or team may be unorthodox and different and that might be just the thing your city needs.
- Tweet this! His not enough became more than enough. We are not strong in our strength, we are strongest in our weakness. Gideon’s army was reduced down to a number that would make perfectly clear who it was that provided the victory. As the dust settled, Gideon was not the hero, God was. Here’s what I know…you will be the first conversion story of your Church Plant. You will forever know how weakness ushers in the power of God. You will forever know what God can accomplish with the little bit that we bring to him.
God decreased his supply to increase his surrender.
Are you leading this Church Plant with hands wide open? How much joy have you experienced this week as you plan and prepare for your Church Plant? The victory of God in Judges 7 was not only exterior, it was also interior. There was a victory before Gideon and within Gideon. Over the past year God has taught me the lesson of how he prunes for a purpose. As we experience less, we surrender more.God’s objective is to grow the Church Plant AND the Church Planter.Tweet Quote
- Tweet this! Before there was a fight, there was the fleece. As you move forward with this Church Plant you have to remember that long before you called anyone to join you, God called you to join Him. I can’t stress this enough. This was not your idea, no, this was God’s idea. Today, go back to your “fleece” moment and rest in the discipline of remembering God’s call and invitation to join Him in the greatest adventure of a lifetime.
If there is any way we can encourage you and pray for you, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you are heading to Exponential this week, I’d love to connect.