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ups and downs of church planting

LifePoint turned six months old last weekend. We held our first public worship gathering on September 11, 2005, and it has been a wild ride ever since.

Starting a new church is so much different than working in an established church. In our previous churches, there was a certain continuity — the ball kept rolling on its own. I could drive in the parking lot on any given Sunday and expect a certain number of people, and know that most of the volunteers would be there.

In a new church, you have to be comfortable with a high level of uncertainty. We don’t know from week to week who may or may not be there. As a church that sublets our worship space, we also don’t know what new stuff may mysteriously appear. We’ve shown up on Sundays and found choir risers (which we don’t use), professional lighting racks, missing chairs, no cables …

On the flip side, we couldn’t have asked for a better rental arrangement than the one we have with Mission Valley Christian Fellowship. Working with them has given us a level of stability that is critical in starting a new church community.

There is also the blessing of working with people who are discovering church for the first time or rediscovering it after a long time away. I’ve always heard that new churches attract new people and it’s true.

Personally, it has been one of the most tasking things I have ever undertaken. I can certainly appreciate how the apostle Paul felt when he spoke of carrying the burden of his churches. Numerous mornings I have awoken early with thoughts about needing to do something — or wondering “how in the world are we going to do this?”

Well … that’s enough reflections for now. My coffee is getting cold.

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  • Jim Tudor says:


    So many doors have been opened since this ministry was just a little more than an idea. Lives are being touched. Keep stretching!