Four years ago, as I was preparing to venture out to plant a church, I knew one thing for sure. It was going to big and I was going to be a success. I networked and talked to every successful church planter and leader who would give me the time. Those times were helpful and I learned a lot. No doubt about that.
But I always longed to spend some time with a "failed" church planter. Someone who had done the work, walked the road and not seen the results. I wanted to get some wisdom. I wanted to hear the "If I had it to do it over, I would have done . . . " stories. I wanted to meet with these guys, but it felt too cold and heartless to ask someone to share their failure (and pain, I guessed) with me.
Well, I guess I'm one of those guys now, although I don't see myself as a failure in the least. But I'd like to say that I have a big place in my heart for church planters. I'd like to say to those thinking, praying and working to plant a church, I'm here to talk with you if that would be helpful.
That talk - talk about my big dreams and expectations and the reality that followed and how my story relates to yours - would not be painful for me. Nor would it be filled with bitterness or frustration. I'm not out to talk church planters out of their calling. I still believe it's a great thing and absolutely necessary.
So, if it would help you or someone you know to talk with a "failed" church planter, pass this post on to them or look me up yourself. I'm easy to find and I'd love to talk with you about my journey and yours.