My experience of Church planting In Jesus Lifehouse Osaka International Church has been amazing.
I started church planting when I was 21 years old with a small team of Aussies and 2 japanese.
Getting saved in a discipling church meant that winning your friends and training leaders was normal. I was very blessed to be part of a church like that in Australia. So as we look at the growth now and people ask us “did you expect this” our answer is “of course, and more!” Healthy things grow! Sure it takes time in the beginning, and thats ok. But when you make disciples week after week, there is a point where it changes and it gets simpler to grow. For us in the beginning we were seeing ALOT of people visit church but not staying because we didn’t have the community or leadership to handle the people. But once we had built the core, we started to keep the new christians and really grow.
My wife also loves church planting! We were told that church planting would be bad for marriage and a lot of other negatives that i wont bother going into but we have found the opposite to be true. Church planting has been a huge blessing to my marriage. Being under great leaders has been a huge blessing to my marriage. Working with good people, and not working with nasty people has been great for my marriage. Giving big financially and every other way has been one of the greatest JOYS in our lives. We couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Im more and more passionate about seeing more urban church planting in the world! Seeing young leaders building churches for the next generation. Sure, you might not be in the spot light while your starting from scratch, but I’ve done a bit of both and what keeps me awake at night with excitement isn’t a spotlight, but changing a nation through discipleship ( training new christians to be leaders) When you win your friends, baptize them, help them overcome challenges and disciple them into leadership it will move your soul more than any crowd! it’s certainly been that way for me! Go and share with someone today!!
I want to know why church planting/ discipleship has a bad rap in some circles? let me know your thoughts if you have some!