Ben Reaoch | Category: Church Planting; Mission
Last week I had the opportunity to sit under the teaching of a very seasoned pastor. His name is Harold Kelley. Harold is now 78, I think. He said that he retired at age 70 in 2006. He was a pastor for many, many years, and a pastor of 4 different church plants. One of the talks he shared with us he organized around the question, “How large should a church be before thinking about planting a church.” The answer he gave: it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to break a certain barrier in terms of attendance or budget. What matters is vision and attitude.
It would be easy to say, “If we just had some more people . . . If we just had some more money . . . If we just had ________.” And it would be easy to continually put off church planting efforts because we’re overly focused on our own stability and well-being. But if we pursue Gospel growth, if we are passionate about the Great Commission, then we will have an outward focus and have a willingness to take risks, to get out of our comfort zone.
I’m inspired by my friend Jon Overstreet, who is pastor of Beaver Baptist Church. It’s great to have the camaraderie of another Baptist pastor who shares my passion for the doctrines of grace. And another thing I admire about Jon is his passion for church planting, even as he counts the cost of what that will mean for his small congregation. They are a church of about 40 folks, and they are planning very seriously to send out a group of those folks to begin a new congregation in one of the other small towns in their area.
You don’t have to be a mega-church to be involved in church planting. Let’s cultivate the vision and attitude that will pursue church multiplication in the Greater Pittsburgh region.
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