What About Church Planters?
Church planting is something that has always interested me.
I have never been a church planter, but I have visited and temporarily assisted a few church plants. Perhaps, my interest stems from an entrepreneurial bent to my passion for ministry.
Who really knows, but something in my heart leaps when I hear about the concept of planting churches.
Last week, my senior pastor gave me a book titled “Church Planting Is For Wimps: How God Uses Messed-up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things” by Mike McKinley.
Though my book list is sky-high, it was a small book that potentially looked like a quick-read; so I took it. A few days later I cracked it open. Within a few pages, I literally could not put it down! A couple of hours later, I closed out the last chapter; incredible!
Mike McKinley starts his book with a brief life and ministry history. He talks about his church planting (or church revitalization) journey starting when he was 29 years of age.
He also mentions that it has been a four-year ministry, making him 33 at the time of writing the book. As a current 33-year-old, who just left a 4-year ministry; this definitely perked my interest.
McKinley continues by explaining his teen years. Though he was involved in church, he had a rebellious streak. This is no big thing really; if you’re human, you rebel on some level.
However, instead of pouring his teenage angst into addictive behaviours, he found a love for punk rock music.
What? I couldn’t believe what I was reading! A punk rock church planter? This was the last thing I thought I’d read about a guy who revitalized a church in Virginia! That little detail sealed the deal for me and I was hooked.
Punk Rock Connection
For some reason, this little detail connected me with the author. Though I had lived some rough early teen years, my late teens were composed of an awesome youth group, great (real) Christian friends and lots of punk rock (and ska)!
Much like Mike, within our church settings, we too found punk rock as an outlet for minor rebellion. After all, during that time, Tooth & Nail Records made sure we had a steady stream of Christian punk rock options!
Though we may have complained from time to time, we really loved the old folks giving us (and our coloured hair) dirty looks. Through whispers and foyer-rumors, we’d hear “those kids must be on drugs” and we enjoyed every minute of it!
We knew that we were signed, sealed believers in Jesus that just wanted to shake things up a bit. I wonder if anyone ever rebuked their comments by saying, “those kids will be leading our churches some day.“
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