I have been drawn to church planting for number of years, and especially within the last 18 months or so. Laura and I have gone into our marriage with church planting as a major goal. Church planting is attractive to me because I would be able to build it without the “baggage” or memory of the stereotypical protest, “But we’ve never done it that way before.”
On that note, in a recent post, Dr. Mohler has said:
Some young pastors see church planting as a way of avoiding the challenge of dealing with the people and pathologies of older congregations. This is an abdication of responsibility.
I honestly have not considered the issue that way before. I have looked at the benefits of church planting, with failure as the only drawback. However, I think I must be careful to look at my motives (not to mention my calling) in seeking the Lord’s will for ministry.
Timmy Brister has written an interesting post related to this topic, and specifically the quote above.