As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I believe it’s important to go to places that need Christ, especially when planting a church, but that does not mean we go to a place that is not fertile ground for the gospel. Now there are situations and moments when a person is called specifically to an unreached, untouched people group or location. I am not speaking of those situations, but when identifying a community to plant a church in, it’s important to ask yourself this question: Am I joining God in what He is already doing or am I trying to establish my own work? This question is key.
We never want to start a church in an area that God is not already moving. That moving may be a group of people already reaching out in a community or it may be the spirit of God going before us to create a community ready for a new church. Whatever it is, this step in identifying a community can often be overlooked, but it’s huge. Church planting is difficult enough – trying to do it a part from God’s working is nearly impossible.
If you’d like to read more about this idea of creating spiritual fertility in a community, Ben Arment had a great post back in July on this same topic.