If you are a driver personality type and tend to “make it happen,” in life, you can lean on your own understanding to get stuff done. I have always enjoyed taking something small or non existent and working to establish and grow it. Whether it’s growing leaders, a department at the church, or my AdvoCare business, I have a track record of strategically putting together plans and goal setting to make something successful. I would call myself entrepreneurial, a self-starter, and a visionary.
My husband and I have worked very well together in our business for years. We love and enjoy building people. We have a passion for seeing them grow and find their gifts and callings to serve the Lord. We love helping others and serving families. All of these characteristics coupled with our training and experience over the last few years on staff at our church would lead us to believe we have the perfect “resume” for church planting. We have the skill set and on paper, if we were placing bets, I think our odds of success would look pretty good.
There’s only ONE BIG PROBLEM: We are dealing in the supernatural. Last I checked, I’m not God and I wasn’t raised from the dead! The Bible says that we plant and sow, but it’s only God who makes things grow (I Cor 3:6). The seed itself is what holds the power to become something great. It’s God who created the seed with all its potential.
This week’s ARC training is full of the most amazing information any church planter would ever need or want. We feel like we are well equipped to “do” what God is calling us to “do.” What we will DO, however, will ultimately not be what impacts lives and changes people. It’s what God’s supernatural power that lives in us will do as we sow and water the seed God gives us. The people in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, waiting to hear the life changing message of hope found in a relationship with Christ will find it through our efforts of providing an environment of love and acceptance. They will find it through relationship and encouragement. They will love our kids ministry and our church services because they will be excellent, fun and full of life.
Ultimately, the supernatural work that will be done is going to be through the Holy Spirit. It’s Him who sets people free. It’s Him who delivers us out of darkness and sets our feet upon the ROCK. It’s the Lord who will make our church grow and the people inside it come into the saving knowledge of Christ.
As scary as it is to move forward in faith and step into planting a church, the pressure is really off. We will do all of the things we have been taught. We will work hard, that’s for sure. We will make wise decisions and strategically put together our plans. We will budget well and spend money responsibly. We will cast vision and recruit strong teams.
But unless the Lord is in it, we labor in vain. Unless we give ourselves to HIM and chase after His voice each and every day, we toil with no return. The discerning has to come through the Spirit. The power of God comes through His supernatural work.