Over the last couple of years I have had the great opportunity to meet and talk with church planters from all over the United States. From being at Exponential in Orlando, Florida to the church planters boot camp that I was a part of at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. I have heard of many different vision statements and mission statements as well as processes to discipleship to marketing for events. I have heard church planters address the need for authentic worship and the need for fund raising. I have heard church planters talk about their ideas of being missional and of being leaders. But there is one thing that I have not heard people really talk about. That church planting means work.
It means that there are going to be days that you are meeting people way into the evening while your family is at home. It means that there are going to be days that you are painting and building different things for the needs of the church to get going. It means that you will be the one that is carrying the burden for finances and for the health of the people on your team. It means that you are going to actually going to have to get your hands dirty and maybe even get a couple of blisters. But it is work, hard work, sometimes back breaking work. But it is so worth it!
Proverbs 21:5 (NLT) 5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
I want to thank the guys and gals at Real Life Ministries for providing for all of us who attended the Immersion 1 and Immersion 2. The quality and the quantity of the event was just amazing and think that any church leader that has the opportunity to be a part of this event should go and take their top leaders with them. I know that Ryan and I had a great time while we were there.
The passion that the leaders bring to this event is very evident through the time that they share with all that are at the Immersion. I can see that it all is from the leadership that Jim Putnam has given to this church as well as the desire they have to follow Jesus. It was one of the greatest challenges that I know will reap great benefits for our church start desires for Elevation Christian Church. The time that Ryan and I were able to spend there together I feel has brought us to a place where we have learned much about each other and things about the church that will need to have leadership when we get started.
Thank you for the team that shared with us not just there leadership and direction but their life.