Sadly, our church plant has gone the way of a lot of churches in recent years. We closed our doors (figuratively speaking) quite a few months back. There are many varying reasons, my wife and I moved for one, attendance dropped, blah, blah, blah….
I resisted the necessity of this change for a bit, as did a few others in the church, we didn’t want to be a failure. It felt that way to me in every aspect. As the Pastor, I pondered where I went wrong, the preaching, the shepherding, the outreach? All these things ran through my head.
It took the words of a friend, outside of the church plant, but a part of the parent church, to make me realize that it was okay. He said “look at it like this, it was a season”. All of us that put the work into this church walked away better for being a part of it.
We all got healing, and my calling was confirmed, and my confidence bolstered in doing His work. These things alone make every effort put in worth while. We can’t look at these things in terms of a business. This church still meeting together does not make or break the success of it. It is what was produced that marks the quality.
Let’s look at what the scripture says in reference to things that tend not to last:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 KJV
This time for the gathering together of this church has passed, and that’s okay. I’m content the Lord did what was best for His kingdom, regardless of my successes or failures in this church.
I will continue to post here and keep this site going, as I fell led to share what the Lord puts on my heart.
I will look back fondly on this experience, learning from it, and rejoicing in how the Lord changed me through it.
I encourage all of you to look at life’s changes through the eyes of Him that redeemed you. While those changes may be painful, and confusing, they generally allow us to better approach our faith with the right hearts.