Hey, gals! My hubby and I are working to establish a faith community in Indianapolis, Indiana. We've got a good (albeit, very small) core group to start with, but we started having core group meetings last summer in a home and moved into an "official" building in January. We're not much bigger than we started (plus we lost a couple of really good families who decided they need to stay closer to home--still in contact, no bad blood, just logistics).
We've prayed long and hard about planting, and we really feel this is what God wants us to be doing. We have NO desire to be a mega-church (In fact, prior, to this undertaking my husband was on the staff of one of those, and says he would take struggling through this and knowing its where he's supposed to be any day over going back there.), and we've already planned that if we were to get to a certain number down the road we would plant a daughter church at that point. But the fact remains that we would need to be a bit bigger than our current size to be effective in our community (and to be solvent, to be blunt). Obviously, we trust God in all of this, but we also balance that with our belief that He also expects us to put in the work required.
Has anyone out there undergone the church planting process? Do you have ideas? Would you just like to voice your stories of empathy? Either way, I'd love to "hear" from you. :-)
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