In starting a new church or ministry, people skills are much more important than professional education or denominational credentialing. This is especially true during times of great societal change, when deep innovation is needed. Enthusiastic amateurs have been at the heart of almost every movement of disruptive innovation. Well-trained professionals are excellent at managing incremental change and gradual improvement within an organization or profession; but deep, radical, foundational change almost always arises from those outside the organization or profession. These new leaders bring a new approach with new practices that find new ways to envision or execute the organization’s mission.
—Bener Agtarap & Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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All the believers were united and shared everything. … They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone.
—Acts 2:44, 46, 47 (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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