Leadership matters, and after discerning a call from God, leadership is the most important ingredient in starting a new church, ministry, or faith community. Leaders have planted growing, life-changing new ministries with little money in regions of decreasing population and with almost no encouragement. More than financial resources, more than available meeting spaces, more than ministry partners, more than training, more than population growth, leadership is the most critical ingredient. Good leaders find ways to thrive and make the most of difficult situations, while poor leaders find ways to flounder, no matter the opportunity.
—Bener Agtarap, Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.
—Psalm 111:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Each day this week, add a different person or group of people to this simple prayer:
Help me plant seeds of faith so _________ will get a chance to experience the fullness and unfailing love of God through Jesus and see the glory of God’s children at work in the world.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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