In our culture – Western culture – we fight way too much. If you consider the fact that we fight about our politics, at our jobs, within our families and within our communities, it seems that we are addicted to fighting.
It was the middle of the afternoon, not late at night when my mind was tired or early in the morning before I had reminded myself of the Lord’s faithfulness and new mercies. I was alone, but not in a dangerous place. I was in my apartment.
But maybe that seemingly safe setup added to the shock when I saw the disturbing news on my screen as I scrolled down my Facebook newsfeed.
The early years of ministry are difficult for everyone. Oftentimes during those first days, a lack of experience coupled with a youthful zeal leads to a myriad of mistakes. However innocent blunders are not the only faulty moves that young leaders make. Too often, young men and women fail due to character struggles with pride. Consequently, the pains of formation and the uncertainty of what is new causes many young leaders to quit.
Before church planting was a part of my life, discipleship pathway was not in my vocabulary. But now, 18 months in, I’m thoroughly convinced that discipleship pathway is the way forward, and the very thing that God will use to take our church to the next level of growth. Here are three reasons why I think this.