June 12, 2011

Encouragement for Church Planting Wives

I vividly remember the first night in our new city, the city where God had called us to plant a church. My husband and I fell into bed after an exhausting day of unpacking, listening to the creaks and groans of an unfamiliar house. How did I get here? I thought to myself, suddenly feeling the irrationality of what we'd done, having left a stable church position, moved to a city and a state where we didn't know anyone, and believing that a church would spring up from nothing. But as my mind rewound through the previous months, I could not discount God's clear and confirmed guidance. I'm here because God called me.

Over the next few months, there were many discouraging moments. Moments when things didn't go as we planned or when I doubted that God could make something out of nothing. The question evolved from How did I get here? to What have we done? Perhaps we misunderstood God's calling. Perhaps we weren't cut out for church planting. Perhaps we should pack it in and go home.

In those moments when I questioned everything, God didn't leave or give up on me. He provided encouragement and the grace to take another step forward. I'll continue on because God called me.

If you are a church planting wife--even if you and your husband just got started--I imagine you've had those moments as well. Times when you've wondered to yourself: What have I gotten myself into? Times when you feel all shriveled up and desperately need encouragement. Times when you need a reminder of God's faithfulness. Times when you need to know God called you.

Over the next 30 days, I want to do just that. I'm calling it 30 Days of Encouragement and it's just for church planting wives, from someone who is also in the trenches. I'll share my interviews with seasoned church planting wives, explore our common struggles, throw out ideas and suggestions, and hopefully we'll all come away encouraged.  But I need something from you: comments and suggestions of topics you'd like discussed. In other words, I hope you'll join in the discussion, even if you're not a church planting wife and just want to ask a question or two.

I'm excited! I hope you are too. See you on the flip side.