Confessions of a Church Planter

A couple of months ago, I received a letter from LCMC Service Coordinator Mike Bradley requesting financial support. I confess, I did not receive it well.

I lead a very small church plant and funding is an enormous challenge. I initially thought, “He doesn’t even know me… I should be writing HIM a letter, asking HIM for support!”

I believe these thoughts may be common due to the autonomous nature of our association. We can feel alone in our mission for Christ.

I had also been invited to attend our Texas District Winter Retreat, which this year, featured the LCMC LeaderCare curriculum. I planned to skip it because I didn’t see how it applied to a church planter like me. Yet, with encouragement from Texas District Director of Mission Growth Bryce Formwalt, and after seeing that my friend and colleague John Waak was speaking on spiritual formation, I agreed to attend.

I must admit that my initial thoughts about this retreat being of no value could not have been more wrong! The lessons I received were exactly what I needed. I was cared for, prayed for, and invested in. The presentations from Mike Bradley, Christian Huntley, Kyle Fever, and John Waak built us up and reminded me of the value of our association.

Another church association in San Antonio has adopted the mantra that “healthy churches need healthy pastors.” It is important for pastors to come together for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

I now see that our associations within LCMC are crucial in helping our congregations and their leaders be strong and healthy for our mission in the world. It is important for each of us to participate in and support the ministry of our districts and the whole of LCMC.

As is stated in Hebrews 10:24 (our church’s namesake), this is how we “stir up one another to love and good works.” 

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