I Hate Rollercoasters!

But the rollercoaster my family has been on since the first service at Eagle Heights Ada (November 27, 2016) has actually been good for us! Church planting isn’t easy. Church planting is a tough, rigorous calling that takes a lot of time, patience, and even more prayer. There have been times I wanted to get off this rollercoaster and get on another ride that’s a little smoother, easier, and familiar. But through all of the ups and downs God has been faithful.

Church Planting assessors use terms like vision casting and entrepreneurial. Vision casting is basically communicating the vision so others make “your” vision their own. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines entrepreneurial as “having to do with the creation and development of economic ventures.” Dictionary.com defines entrepreneurial as “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.” These terms are very business marketing driven and are hard to connect to the local church.

Church Planters are told to cast their vision. Jesus commissioned his church to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). The vision has been cast by Jesus. In a certain way Church Planters do create and develop something from the beginning. Church Planters must have initiative and be willing to take a risk and roll up their sleeves and get to work. But the reality is Church Planters did not create the Church. The Church is God’s creation and the development is God’s work.

Vision casting and entrepreneurial is not in any list of biblical qualifications. God wants pastors to preach biblically so the people will embrace Jesus’ vision for His church. Pastors must start with the Word of God and stay with the Word of God. The Church does not need a new vision or a business entrepreneurial. The Church needs a Pastor that understands it is not about him; it is about Him.