Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things by Mike McKinleyThis latest addition to the IXMarks series tells the story of the revitalization of Guilford Baptist Church in northern Virginia. Weaving together scripture and biblical principles with humor and personal anecdotes, author Michael McKinley asserts that a pastors faithful exposition of Gods Word, passion for sharing the gospel, and care in the training of other godly leaders are more important than the size of his church.
McKinley honestly shares his own fears and rookie mistakes, along with encouraging stories of how God moved at Guilford Baptist. We are reminded that God uses weak and fearful pastors in plants and revitalizations; church planting is indeed for wimps. For pastors and seminarians considering a church plant and those already struggling in their own fledgling congregations, this book is a thoughtful and encouraging resource.
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You must be logged in to post a comment. If you are new to planting, you have a ton of questions. Above all else, affirm your calling. Let others speak into your life. Listen to them. You face an uphill struggle unless God is in it and calling you.
The pastor of a new church plant writes: "The non-denominational church I started wasn't even a year old when a successful church-planter declared: 'Your church will never make it. All these years later, I still feel the sting from his words. But I feel some satisfaction now. It's now 12 years later, and the church is not only alive, it's also healthy and growing stronger every day. The articles in this Common Challenge feature the wisdom of church planters on the challenging but significant task of starting new churches.
W hat steps are involved in planting a church? Why is there a need to plant a church in the first place? What exactly is involved in planting a church? Bask this idea in prayer. Why do you want to plant a church? What is the reason for it? Are churches in your area not preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and teaching right out of the Bible and not elevating the holiness and glory of God?