Last January I attended CCC's Reproducing Church Experience. As part of the experience we were asked to write down our dream on a napkin....(the napkin part is a longer story for another post). I sketched on a napkin a reproducing church (of course, that is all I know having been part of CCC going from one site to 8 sites in Chicagoland, growing from 700 to nearly 5,000 people as well as seeing the Newthing Network form out of CCC and plant 5 churches and bring in many more affiliate churches) So of course, what else am I going to sketch on my napkin? But after a conversation with Pat Masek something shifted. I went from thinking we will plant a church that "hopefully" reproduces to thinking we will plant a church that is "pregnant."
A church that plants "pregnant" will have two or three church planter apprentices from day one. These apprentices will be trained to become the next campus pastors or church planters helping the church go multi-site in the first 18 to 24 months.
Sounded like a great idea, I got really excited about it. I mean after all my goal is to use all the resources and gifts God has given me in this lifetime and trade them for helping as many people find their way back to God as possible.
So Troy and I began to construct a plann for planting "pregnant." All of it sounded very doable. The most difficult part was going to be finances. For a new church, being able to pay multiple staff is challenging enough, and then to add the full-time salaries of 2 or 3 more people seemed nearly impossible.
How to overcome this obstacle? Hmmm...God would have to show up big time. Not only would we need to find capable leaders who shared our passion for helping people find their way back to God, but they would also have to be people who would be willing to raise their own support...for three years! Yikes. That was never going to happen, we thought.
So we prayed about it. If it was God's idea, God would provide. Here we are 7 months later and we have 3 such capable, visionary, gifted and very brave leaders who are joining ReachoutKC as campus pastor apprentices.
Please pray for these people who are stepping out in faith to make the move to KC. Nate, Josh and our mystery guy who will be public shortly with his decision. Check out Nate and Jill's story here.