OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
Bob, what a wonderful article, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I love when you wrote “all I can say is that I think that many church plants that seem to be
failures by the standard of “Did they make it?” were probably great
adventures for many involved, probably introduced people to Christ and
probably made a practical difference in the lives of some people who
really needed those small, ‘failing’ churches.” I honestly think that God’s program of outreach is the church, and so often we miss that. We think it is about doing youth bowling night or some type of outreach program. I know from experience that people get passionate about what you are passionate about. When a new church enters a community and the people are striving to do whatever they can to keep it afloat, they tend to talk about it more often. A lot of times that talking is with non-Christians, who then get to get interested because they see the authentic struggle and they want to see what it is all about. Like you said also, stepping out and striving to do whatever you can to see it succeed is a huge learning experience for everyone involved. They get to be transformed by the process and see the Lord move in their life. Everyone involved gets to see their own faith revitalized, which leads to a more faithful witness and greater outreach. Again, great article!