In my last post I emphasized the importance of having your wife, your first church member of your new church plant, on board with your calling and mission. If that has been secured, then it is important to identify the location that you will plant in, and then learn as much about it as you can.
In 2007, we sold our house in the suburbs of Houston to go move with some new friends to Brenham, TX to plant a new church. Boasting twenty-five thousand (in the county), it was a gigantic shift in cultural perspective. We moved from a house built in 2003 to a house built in 1936, from a place with any and every store, to a place with very limited options. Continue reading
The aim of this series is not to discount the power of the Holy Spirit in expanding the Kingdom of God through church planting. I believe that the same power that launched the church in Acts 2 is still at work today. That being said, I think there are a lot of things that need to be considered in keeping with this high calling to plant a church. As I have increasing opportunities to speak to, assess, and coach church planters, I am reminded that if the marriage is not sound, the church is in trouble. If your spouse isn’t on board, you will burn out, and your church will sink.
A few weeks ago I was conducting a church planter assessment for a new planter in the Houston area and when we got to the area dealing with his marriage, he said something that really grabbed my attention. He confessed, “I didn’t realize before we moved down here that my wife wasn’t really on board with the move or with planting the church.” I really wish this was the first time I had heard this, but sadly, it is more common than one might think, and can have some very negative consequences on the marriage. Continue reading