My older brother, a fellow church-planter, made an interesting comment to me recently. He’s now in year three of his church plant in Oklahoma. We were discussing Restoration Road’s launch and all the work that went into it. As I was a bit frantic about my to-do list for the launch, he calmly reminded me that planting a church in a healthy way was a marathon and not a sprint. So, while the launch and my related to-do list were important matters to pursue, I was reminded that we weren’t planting a one and done sort of endeavor. We planned and prepared over the last year in order to plant a church which is most definitely a long-term work.
Now that we find ourselves through our first five Sundays together as a church, I’ve had some time to reflect on the truth of my brother’s statement. What we’re doing here in planting Restoration Road takes time and patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will Restoration Road be. In our culture that prizes immediate gratification, this is not an exciting topic to write about. And yet we must be reminded that planting a church, in and of itself is a daunting task that requires long-term perspective and perseverance. When I also consider that we are planting a church in one of the most anti-Christian regions in this country, I am even further motivated to remain patient and long-term focused!
Don’t get me wrong…I believe that God has already demonstrated His abounding grace to us in our first five weeks. I believe we have witnessed His grace poured out on us in special and unique ways. I am humbled by the present and excited about the future. I am fully confident that as we plod along in faithful obedience to plant Restoration Road, our God will change hearts, redeem sinners and transform lives! God is going to accomplish His purposes here in Wakefield for His glory and for our joy!!! Let’s just be a people that yearn for the finish line even if it’s far away!