I have always thought it was interesting that churches want to grow. Of course I understand that this is what Jesus told us we should do. We want to join Jesus in seeking and saving the lost (Luke 19:10). And, yes, we like to feel that what we believe is growing. But let’s be honest – growing means there is more work. More people means there are more problems! Growing means you are stretched and your church changes. You know what, though? These are the good problems to have.
One of the great things about being a church plant is that you can remember what it was like to be a baby church. (And if you think about it, every church was a baby church at one point.) I can remember talking – just dreaming – about Covenant Grove when there were only 5 people meeting together for prayer. I can remember 45 people meeting together, willing to do the hard work and be challenged, just to reach more people and share God’s hope. I can remember a group of 175 people who were willing to take on a mortgage and increase staff hours and add a second service – filled with the fire to continue the mission of God. And now we have around 300 people who are ready to start a third service. We know it will be hard, and it will change the church, and there will be problems – but these are the good problems to have.
My friends, thank you for being part of this journey. For those who don’t attend our church but read these words and pray for us – thank you! For those who attend and serve and give – thank you so much! I love being on this uncomfortable adventure together. It is amazing how God grows us through these “problems.”
I can’t believe I would pray this, but “O Lord keep the problems coming!”