When Your Church Isn’t What You Dreamed

By Noel Jesse  •  Mar 13, 2018 at 11:08am  •  Article

Here’s an excerpt from my latest article for The Gospel Coalition and Acts 29…

Planting a church can be hazardous to your soul.

Obviously, there are more physically dangerous jobs on the planet, but when it comes to sheer spiritual danger, very few occupations outrank “church planter.” So before you quit your cushy job grinding asphalt, let me give you fair warning of what’s to come.

Most people get into church planting for a few common reasons:

  1. To see people far from Jesus put their faith in him.
  2. To see their town, neighborhood, or city transformed by a vibrant community of faith.
  3. To see a whole bunch of churches launch out of their new church.

Slow Grind

These goals are Christ-exalting, thrilling, and, for most new churches, agonizingly slow to accomplish. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when I recently got this one-sentence email from a church planter: “I want to quit and need someone to talk me out of it.”


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