Years ago when I was planting a church, I met another young, energetic pastor who was planting another one in the same town. I think our respective denominations must’ve read the report on cities and towns most receptive to the idea of new churches and sent us there at the same time. I started and proceeded organically, forming relationships with people and quietly letting it be known we were there.
But this guy… we met for coffee often… he had it all down to a science. Literally. He had it all figured out. And his denomination kept throwing money at him. I admit it irritated me. I believed it was important to put quality before quantity. He burned out and quit a year into it and that plant withered away. That was sad.
I left after two years, totally fried and disillusioned. But the church I planted is still going strong.
You see: I’m ashamed to admit that even with my lofty attitudes I was still competitive.
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