Successful church planters love their…
This is something I have noticed time and time again. The most successful church planters I know really love their city! They think it’s the best place in the world. They enjoy what the area has to offer, work to make it a better place to live, and genuinely care deeply for the people who live around them.
On the other hand, many unsuccessful planters I’ve met through the years don’t have that same love for their city. They are always talking about how bad their city is (too cold in OH, too hot in Phoenix) and how ‘it aint like the place we used to live.’ It’s as if just living there is a burden.
Here’s the truth about this topic: Loving your city is no guarantee of church planting success but not loving it is good sign that you aren’t going to succeed.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. – Matthew 9:36 (NLT)
– Do you truly believe God has called you to your city for such a time as this?
– Do you ache with compassion for the people of your city?
– Are you committed to making a positive, long term difference in your city or are you dreaming of what it would be like ‘over there’?
Next week we’ll wrap up this series of posts with Love #4.
P.S. Looking for a great way to show love to the people of your city? Check out Reaching Your Community Through Servant Evangelism:
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