Church planting is not about glamour
Last week my pal Luke Daviyiditis (possibly not correct spelling) retweeted this:
@johnwbryson: Most of the work of church planting is incredibly mundane & not tweetable. Work the field. Plow, sow, pull, pray for rain.
I was pleased to discover it wasn’t just me. That’s not to say that church planting isn’t enjoyable, exciting, terrifying etc. But, it’s not all cruising in a convertible Ferrari. Come to think of it, I don’t have a car at all, let alone an italian speedster, maybe next year…
I could give you a whole list of examples to prove the point but, well, they truly are mind numbingly mundane. Just google ‘Kerkgenootschap’ and you’ll get a small glimpse into my world right now.
If you think church planting is about glamour you’re severely misguided. However, church planting is about germination.
Church planting is about germination
I’ve been fortunate to meet a number of church pastors in Amsterdam over the last month or so. I’ve been making many friends along the way and this week I had a coffee with Eric Pickerill from the Vineyard church here in Amsterdam.
Eric planted the Vineyard here seven years ago and has become a bit of an expert in church planting here in Amsterdam.
I asked Eric for his advice for us in the season we’re in at the start of this church. His advice was strikingly simple - recognise that at the moment a lot of stuff is going on underground. Progress may feel slow and signs of growth limited, but God is slowly germinating the seed.
It’s called church planting for a reason.