A Rough Month For Church Planters

This past month has been pretty rough for church planters around here.  A couple of churches that started around the same time we did closed their doors this month.  A few that started after we did also called it quits.  It’s pretty depressing….a bunch of fall out and sheep mess to clean up.  Some of them closed because of flawed leadership…some because of flawed strategies…some closed because of God knows what.  It has really made me take a long, hard look at Compass Point.  After all this time…with the odds against us…we are still here.  The realization is…it is simply because God has His hand in all of this.  That in and of itself is scary.  I spend everyday…all day…scared to death I’m going to do something stupid that would cause God to take His hand off of us!

I’m heading to a bar-b-que today with a group of folks from a church plant that just had their pastor quit on them.  After a couple of years of struggling as a church plant…he just up and quit…no transition…no leadership tranfer…no…nothing.  I had lunch with some of their young people yesterday.  You can see it in their eyes…that hunger to do great things for the Kingdom of God.  They are like a bunch of trained warriors with no war to fight…because there is no one to lead them into battle. So much talent…so much potential…they just a need a vision to follow.  At the same time…they are not ready to let go of the vision that just walked out of the door.  It is going to be a difficult day…

A Rough Month For Church Planters