“The church that we want to be is a relational church that is built and made by actually just being in relationship with people and being willing to be honest about what’s important and what your priorities are and what your dreams are.”
Using this honest-to-goodness, authentic approach is not about what the new church thinks or says is good, thus pretending that they have everything figured out and that they are the “savior of the world”; instead, it is more about being able to gather people who have been searching for a faith community that is real, authentic, and caring. Being authentic in conversations with people to build lasting relationships with them … requires a “willingness to be who we say we’re trying to be and the courage to let people in the community know who we are trying to be as a church.”
—Bener Agtarap & Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”
—John 13:34-35 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the opportunity to plant a new faith community. Help me to have wisdom and discernment as I develop relationships with the people in this community. Guide me to stay close to you through prayer and Bible study and to love the people who cross my path. Amen.
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