Church Planting in the Toughest Places

by | Jun 7, 2024 | Church Planting

Let’s be real here—church planting isn’t some cute, Instagram-worthy adventure. It’s raw and gritty and often feels like trying to grow roses in a concrete jungle.


Seeds Can Grow in the Rockiest Soil

Here’s the truth—the life-giving gospel doesn’t flourish just in neat, fertile church environments. It thrives in the messiest, hardest places where the light of Jesus is desperately needed.


Secrets for Crushing It In The Gnarliest Places

So, how do you tackle this outrageously difficult mission? Start with these core principles:


Prayer Warriors, Not Nursery Rhymes


You need heavy-duty, round-the-clock prayer support. Not the light, fluffy stuff – we’re talking serious, warrior-like intercession that covers you from all angles.


Become a Culture Ninja


Dive deep into the local culture like a Navy SEAL. Learn the language, understand the people, and become one with the community you’re trying to reach. This may take time. Don’t rush it. Trust me, I’m a bit more Martha than Mary, and have been known to jump the gun rather than take a slower place.


Raise Up Committed Disciples, Not Pew Sitters


This isn’t about just filling seats or getting people to raise their hands. It’s about making dedicated disciples who are ready to live out their faith in tangible, impactful ways. If you are after numbers alone, at some point, you will be disappointed with the fruit of your labor. It is possible to go deep and wide at the same time.


You Will Definitely Need a Team


You can’t do this alone. Assemble a team that’s as passionate and committed as you are. Lean on each other, build each other up, and tackle this mission together. Pray for laborers for the harvest field.


Face the Challenge Head-On


Some days, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, and other days, you’ll want to give up. Embrace the tough moments, stay resilient, and keep pushing forward no matter what. Surround yourself with people who are positive and not negative, Nancys. The journey is tough enough, and negativity and drama – you can do without.


God Loves Using the Seemingly Unqualified.


At the end of the day, our God delights in taking ordinary, unqualified people and doing extraordinary things through them. Maybe He’s calling you to step into the gnarliest, toughest places for the sake of the gospel.

Are you ready to answer that call?


Read more blog posts by Jeff Hoglen, D.Min.

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