So, this is embarrassing…I just accidentally pressed Publish, when I thought I pushed save and I sent out an unfinished post. Whoops! Ugh. I hate when stuff like that happens.
But, I’m continuing my ongoing ‘Role of a Church Planter’ series with this post on staying positive.
I was recently having a conversation with someone about my plans to launch Thrive Church.
It wasn’t the greatest conversation.
Honestly, it was pretty rough.
Now, I’ve had 1000’s of conversations with people about Thrive Church and I’ve had 1000’s of incredibly positive, helpful and amazing conversations.
But, this one was different. It was hard.
This person just couldn’t understand why I would launch a new church or how I could be called to do this. They questioned why more churches are needed and church planting in general.
I was deflated
I’m not proud of it. I wish I hadn’t been. But, I was.
I told them what Tim Keller said about why more church plants are needed. I told them about the people who have already come to Thrive Church and have heard about Jesus and how they didn’t have a church home. I shared with them the vision of Thrive Church and how we have a GIANT passion to reach people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus.
And…Still…they just didn’t get it.
We finished our conversation and they left and I sat there in silence for awhile. I thought about it, I processed it and honestly, it would have been really easy for me to stay deflated.
But, I reminded myself of this truth…
Not Everyone is going to Support or Understand or Get Behind this New Church
And, that’s ok!
Some people aren’t going to understand. And, some people aren’t going to support it.
The best thing I can do in those situations is…Stay Positive.
4 Tips to Staying Positive
1. Remember Your Calling. I know that I know that God has called me to start this Church. I have to remind myself of that.
2. Remember the truth. When situations arise that Satan reminds you that you shouldn’t be planting a church, remind yourself of the truth of scripture. Remember that the local church is God’s plan A for reaching people and that there is a tremendous need for more churches.
3. Listen to the majority. Out of the hundreds, if not thousands of conversations I’ve had, only a a few have been negative. And yet, it’s so easy to dwell on those! We have to stop letting the few get inside our hearts and minds. Yes, we can learn from their view point, but in the end, we don’t have to agree with them.
4. Be thankful for those kind of conversations. Yes, you read that right! We need them! We need to be challenged. We need to experience push back. Why? It really does increase our leadership. It helps strengthen our vision and resolve.