Now is the greatest time in history to plant a church.
So, what do you do when you feel this longing in your heart to plant a church but the Lord currently has you in a support role?
My wife and I have been a part of three church plant teams in support roles ourselves, as worship pastors and leaders. I remember being a part of these ventures and believing a lie that somehow if I didn’t go plant now, I was going to miss God.
Allow me to take the pressure off. Now is the greatest time in history to plant a church, but so is tomorrow. As budding future senior pastors and visionaries, we tend to lose track of the moment by concerning ourselves with tomorrow and grieving the time missed yesterday.
Isaiah’s words ring true in my life: “but those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”
Now, we are about 6 months into our fourth church plant with the Vineyard with a launch planned for September 12, 2021; this time as Co-Senior Pastors together. If I had not waited and served well, I would not have the strength, stamina, and skill set I have today.
Here are my real talk tips for you in this season:
- Don’t hide your discernment process from your pastor. I’ve been there and done that and it didn’t serve me or my church well. Transition is best done with community support.
- Serve well until the end! Your excellence honors God and inspires people.
- Honor. Honor. Honor. Honor is the key that unlocks the gift of God. Do everything in an attitude of honor for the people you are working with and who you are being led by.
We are kingdom people that live in tension. No matter what step in your journey you are at, you are living in this tension of the joy set before you and the frustration of not seeing the fruition of what lies in your heart for the future. Just remember, you will be living in that same tension even when you get to where you think you’re going. Embrace it!
Wherever you are in your process of discerning, my hope is that you would continue to serve well in the moment and role you are currently in, all while preparing for the next.
We hope to see you at the Vineyard National Conference in October!
About the Author
Brian Hasset and his wife, Alexandra are the co-senior pastors of Vineyard Church Southern Indiana in New Albany, Indiana. He is a bi-vocational pastor. Brian and Alexandra have a 6 year old son, Jensen and a new baby by way of adoption, Josiah.
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