Planting a Church is like having a baby. You dream and pray about what it will look like with your core team. Then, launch hits and your baby is born. You spend the first couple of years in baby stages trying to get the church plant walking on it's own. Just like a newborn baby need so much of your time, so does the church plant. Then toddler hits, and most of us church planters feel like we are holding on for dear life.
Feeling ownership of the church from the beginning, I think is where most of us mess up. Leading something and owning something are two different things. When we go into feeling like the owner, then it is often so hard for us to delegate and give over certain aspects of the church to allow people to step up and serve and become a part.
I remember going into the church feeling like we owned it, while we were leading it. I don't think we purposely set our minds on ownership, but I think from the time of core meetings to launch, the enemy must of snuck it in there somehow. Four years went by before we realized we can't be a church off the talents of one, but the sacrifices of many. We started realizing how so many people over the course of four years wanted to step along side of us and be a team and serve in areas that were lacking. However, we were too afraid to give our baby up.
Ownership really hindered us. No one wants to be a part of a church that isn't a team of people. People want to be a part of a community, and become a part of the team serving at a church. The mentality of owning is deadly. Christ never meant for His church to be owned by the pastor and pastor's wife. His desire was for the Church to be the body, and for the pastor and pastor's wife to display His love for the Church through loving and shepherding the people.
What are you owning that you should be leading? What role at church are you clinging to, that God has placed someone in the church to fulfill?
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor