Thank You, Thank You, Thank You ... Oh Yeah, and Thank You.
Starting a church is pretty interesting, and I have learned a lot from it. For some people, it’s a subculture – yes, people really enjoy doing this all the time; for others, it’s a horror story. Some people start big with a lot of financial backing; others start with just themselves in their living room. Some tell you there are certain requirements you have to have in place in order to start; others just start and figure it out as they go. Some are fueled by strong charisma and their PR skills; others rely totally on the Spirit. As for me? Well I’m somewhere in the middle of all this but what I have really discovered is that there’s no handbook for starting the perfect church. (can you use that adjective to describe church?) There’s some great advice out there, and good wisdom which can be applied, but in the end I would say that every person wanting to start/plant a church had better have heard from God first.
If you asked me if this was tough, I can’t say that it really has been but of course I think I’ve been trained to handle tough. There has been tough days, but most of my tough days has been with relationships – and then of course there’s my brain 2ndguessing me every other week asking me questions that not even God would answer! I’d say that starting a church is a journey. I have discovered things about myself that I found I like but more things about me that I don’t like. I have made friends with a whole different realm of people who like me just because I’m endeavoring to do something out of the box. I have people upset with me and some who misunderstand me. I have come face to face with challenging myself with why I do what I do…and last but not least, my relationship with God has definitely been strengthened. I talked with a minister a couple of months ago that told me that church planting is the ‘in’ thing right now in the Northwest because, as he put it, ‘it’s sexy’. Hmmm…I don’t think I would have ever thought of using that word to describe this. Either I don’t know how to church plant or he doesn’t….ya well, you get the point!
Being only days from launch, I can truly say that this ‘journey’ of starting a church has been well worth it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in my past. I have a financial support group of individuals that have stood with me and this church to this very day, encouraging me and believing in me, and excited because they are a part of something bigger than themselves. That’s priceless. I have people praying for us and our new church in both Canada and the USA. My brother in law and his family left all in Canada to move here and help start this. I have 2-3 more families leaving their homes to move here to help us. I have pastors in town promoting us to their people, and business owners handing out flyers for us. Our needs are met, our church needs are met, my family is healthy and I am still half-sane. Incredible isn’t it? God’s got this – and He’s definitely got me sold on doing His will. So here we go!
To coin my first famous speech used at my wedding reception; ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you ... oh yah, and thank you.’