Found this interesting post from my friend Bobby, who has just recently planted a church in the deep south. Some good, poignant advice on church planting. Here’s an excerpt, but you’ll want to read the whole post (the permalink is broken, so you’ll have to look on his blog for the article entitled “You Gotta Love that Sh*t”).
If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to do ministry that is messyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t plant a church.Ã‚Â If you just want to Ã¢â‚¬Å“feed the saintsÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬Â¦donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t plant a church.Ã‚Â If you just want to stop having to take orders from your current pastorÃ¢â‚¬Â¦donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t plant a church.Ã‚Â If you just got fired, let go or laid off from a ministry positionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t plant a church.Ã‚Â If you are still trying to impress seminary professors with your preaching skillsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t plant a church.Ã‚Â In fact, if you think planting a church is coolÃ¢â‚¬Â¦donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t plant a church.Ã‚Â If you think those things, ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably going to be best for you to get a job in your state denominational officeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦where itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s safe, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a steady paycheck and you only have to interact with other Christians.
On the other hand if you love the smell of vomit and beerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.if you love to hear about peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s addictionsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦if you love hearing the f-bomb dropped by every member of a family (including kids)Ã¢â‚¬Â¦if you love people wearing halter tops and Budweiser t-shirts in the Sunday serviceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦if you love people putting three dollars cash in the offering plate and crossing their arms during worshipÃ¢â‚¬Â¦if you love getting 3 a.m. marriage counseling callsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦then by all meansÃ¢â‚¬Â¦plant a church.Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not talking about you liking that stuffÃ¢â‚¬Â¦IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m talking aboutÃ¢â‚¬Â¦you gotta love that sh*t!!!