It's hard to believe but only two years ago we were assembling the launch community of Downtown Cornerstone. I think we had 30 people. That actually might be an exaggeration. Oddly, I can't remember but I do recall that season involving some prayerful fetal-positions. By God's grace, we're in a much different place today. We have systems in place. We have communities in need of multiplying. We have leaders developing. We just celebrated one of the most gospel-centered baptisms I've been a part of. We have a great Sunday gathering location. We have a couple solid elder candidates. For some reason we're actually growing. Our King continues to be incredibly gracious and do above and beyond all that we ask or think. Make no mistake: this is the hardest thing I've ever done, but also the greatest thing I've been a part of. God's original call to me stands:
"Though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." (Eph 3:8)
We're not out of the woods, and prayerful fetal-positions do make appearances, but we are coming out of the first years of church planting fog. To be honest, I haven't really had anything valuable to add (nor the time to add it) to the other voices readily available on the web/blogosphere. My focus was, and still is, on Holy-spirit empowered survival of our fledgling church plant and overall health of my family. But, I/we've learned somethings over the last couple years that I think will be helpful - thus a new blog. I hope this re-newed blog will serve as a help, encouragement and resource to followers of Christ, potential church planters and the local church. I'm not planning on following normal blogging etiquette by sticking with one topic. I don't think I could do that if I tried, so kudos to those who do. But, we will cover lots of life. I hope its helpful.
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"I find there are three stages in every great work of God: first its impossible, then its difficult, then its done." - Hudson Taylor
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