Reflections of a Church Planter

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We are a six-month-old church. The more I reflect on the past six months, the more I struggle to believe that so much time has already elapsed. Six months of writing sermons each week. Six months of setting up and tearing down our worship space. Six months of hearing the people of God pray together. Six months of new leaders rising up to take ownership of the vision of our church. Six months, it's not a long time, but it's amazing to see what God can do in such a short season.

By contrast, as I write this letter I am sitting in the church of a dear mentor and friend. At the end of this month he is retiring. As I have talked with him over the past few months leading up to his retirement, I have been struck by the importance of a long view in ministry. This church has had one leader in thirty years. This church has seen countless baptisms, administered the Eucharist thousands of times, seen people come into the Kingdom of God, and has performed innumerable weddings and funerals in the past thirty years. Compared to our six months, this church feels ancient, and yet it is still growing, still seeking vision on how to reach the lost, still changing, still facing the same trials that my little church faces.

The more that I speak with my friend the more that I realize that God doesn't call us to perfection, he doesn't call us to have everything figured out, he just calls us to be faithful. That's my prayer for Wellspring Littleton and Englewood this week that we would be a people of faithfulness, that we would be a people who run the race not for minutes but for decades, that we would be a people who can look back on 30 years and say “look what Christ has done.”

As I sit in this church I am reminded that true faithfulness is not built upon a personality or an amazing church program, but a commitment to the one reality that never changes, the Word of God.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). May this passage be ever upon our minds, as we seek to walk with God as a community for six months, fifteen years, thirty years, into eternity.

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