Thursday, June 14, 2007

Why Not Just Do It?

I read a lot about church planting. Sometimes I think I read too much. Maybe we all do.

Honestly, I am getting a little frustrated reading the different websites who claim to have the answer. Is there a panacea for church planting? Is there a single model that will launch all of us into such a planting frenzy that we finish the task in my lifetime? The short answer is, "No!" Please consider what Oswald Chambers said last century: "Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you." - My Utmost for His Highest, June 13.

So here is my advice to my church-planting friends: just do it! Find God's pattern for your people and do it. Find God's plan for your people and use it. There is no short cut. There is no easy way. It's all hard work. Just do it.

Where will we find that pattern and plan? We will find it in the prayer closet. That may sound too simple; well, it is not. It is blood, sweat, and tears. Seeking the Father's face may well be the most challenging part there ever was to church planting. So, with no further adieu, let's just do it!

Still Seeking,

Kevin, Somewhere in South America

5 comments:

GuyMuse said...

Sounds like you've got the title for the newest church planting book, "Just Do It"! Speaking of 'just do it', why don't you just do it and go ahead and write that book. I'd read it! Might even put excerpts up on the cpf :)

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

You're too nice, Guy! Thanks for the complement. But then again, maybe I will work on that book. I already have a dissertation; some of that might actually be useful.

Have a good one,

KDS

The Phams said...

Hi Kevin:
These are wise words. During orientation it was the CPM model 24/7. In the model everything is so neat and clean and works perfectly. And of course we are taught that is THE right way. My cousin is in Swaziland, S Africa this summer and the situation is so grim there from AIDS and it certainly doesn't fit into the CPM model. I appreciate your wisdom and words about prayer and just doing it. I will remember this!!!

The Phams said...

Hi Kevin:
These are wise words. During orientation it was the CPM model 24/7. In the model everything is so neat and clean and works perfectly. And of course we are taught that is THE right way. My cousin is in Swaziland, S Africa this summer and the situation is so grim there from AIDS and it certainly doesn't fit into the CPM model. I appreciate your wisdom and words about prayer and just doing it. I will remember this!!!

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

John and Jessica,

I just prayed for you. I am praying for your tongues to be loose when you sit in those Spanish classes. Ours felt like peanut butter logs for the first little while.

As for this comment, thanks for your opinion. We are far to enamoured with methodologies and not in touch with the one who MUST be in charge of the work. That is an indictment all of us must consider.

Blessings,

kds