Church Planting

I have been in the process of planting a church. Church planting is an interesting, yet fun, process.

I am learning a lot.

I have equated planting a church to planning your first party in middle school.

You get all the music ready. You have your food and drinks set out. The lights are dimmed perfectly and you have checked your nose and teeth more times than necessary.

Now, you wait anxiously, hoping that someone other than your cousin shows up.

That is church planting in a nutshell. It’s fun, I promise.

The hardest part is not rushing things. We have so many plans and great things we want to accomplish, but we have to take it slow.

It has been difficult to keep the team from getting too excited and trying to make things happen too fast, and it has been a challenge for me not to do the same.

We are doing preview services right now. Only one worship service a month. People want us to go every Sunday, but we know we have to take our time to make sure we are providing a healthy place with a decent organization to the system. We want people to enjoy their experience and want to come back. It is a strategic plan.

One of the main questions I have received, “Well, if we wait, what if people don’t come back?”

My response has been, “Trust the process.”

God is in control of this, not us. We do the work to set up the location, but God is the one bringing people in and working on their hearts and minds. We have no control over who walks through the doors, we only control how we treat them and the environment they walk into.

I have said many times, “We will do the work, but we have to sit back and enjoy the ride. We will trust God to do what He does, and we will be good stewards of what He provides.”

Trusting the process is hard because you don’t know the outcome. You want to step in and make it work the way you want it to.

However, God is saying, “Let me do what I do best, and that is Be Me. I Am Who I Am.”

For many of us, we rush the process instead of trusting. We rush into relationships when we have been single for too long. We rush into occupations before prayerful consideration because we have been broke for too long. We rush our decisions without seeking God because we know He may take longer than we like.

We need to take the time to trust the process. Allow God to work in His time because His timing is way better than ours.

We may think we have the “right” way of accomplishing a task, but God is the only One who can really guide us towards the correct path. We need to take time to listen and seek His direction.

Don’t rush it. Trust God. Let His process take place and allow yourself to relax and rest in Him.

You may just experience a better outcome when you keep your input out of it.

Visit Bobby at BobbyBenavides.me

Bobby Benavides is the lead pastor of New Community Covenant Church: Elkins, located in Elkins, WV. He is the author of Made For More: A Journey of Discovery and Purpose. He loves his wife, writing, playing with his kids, and encouraging people to go deeper in their faith. Visit Bobby at Bobby Benavides.me.
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Bobby Benavides is the lead pastor of New Community Covenant Church: Elkins, located in Elkins, WV. He is the author of Made For More: A Journey of Discovery and Purpose. He loves his wife, writing, playing with his kids, and encouraging people to go deeper in their faith. Visit Bobby at Bobby Benavides.me.

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