I want to share a little bit about our journey to revitalization, because if I am honest, I never thought that I would be here. We moved to Boston, Revere specifically, to plant a church after a pretty successful plant in Washington State. The first two summers that we lived here, we had a summer intern from South Carolina named Will. We have really grown to be good friends in the last 4 years, and I am thankful to have had him here over those first summers. What really sticks out is how much God used him in my journey to revitalization.
We would often sit up and talk about theology, life, music and about anything else you could think of after Sarah and kids went to bed. I remember we were talking about our skill sets and our weaknesses one night. I told him that I struggle with being patient and slowing down, which is somewhat useful in a church plant, but would be a tough skill set in a pastorate in an established church, and especially in a church revitalization. I even went on to say that I would never be able to be a revitalization pastor because of that. Sometimes we say things that are really funny in retrospect, this was one of those times. Within a month, I became the pastor of an almost 400-year-old church full (if you call 8 people full) of people old enough to be my parents and or grandparents. God really does have a sense of humor.
In that time, God has really given me a love for the members of our church, and a desire to see people in our community come to Christ. We also have something that many church planters dream of, our own building. To be honest, it is a blessing and we do all that we can to be good stewards of what God has given us, but that’s a blog for another day.
If you’re a pastor, or someone looking to become a replant pastor, let me encourage you today. Your job is to proclaim the Gospel, and the glory of God. He will bring whatever numerical growth he sees fit. Be faithful and preach the Word, as Paul told Timothy, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2 ESV).