I recently read an article from one of my favorite authors when it comes to church planting/pastoring a smaller church, Karl Vaters. The title of his article was, “Turn The Team You’re Stuck With Into The Team You Want (10 Steps For Church Leaders).”
To read the article in its entirety, click the link below: http://www.christianitytoday.com/karl-vaters/2019/july/team-youre-stuck-with-team-you-want.html
While many won’t take the time to read the whole article, perhaps you’ll read a few statements that jumped out to me:
(1) “No one starts with the team they want. Teams aren’t born, they’re built.“
(2) “In December of 2004, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld got into hot water when he responded to reporters’ questions about whether-or-not US troops were ready for war by saying “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
(3) “It’s the same in the church… You go into spiritual battle with the church members you have, not the members you wish you had.”
Did you catch that last line? IT IS THE SAME IN THE CHURCH. It is the same in YOUR CHURCH. It is the same in MY CHURCH. It is the same in the church across town.
Let me take it a step further…IT WAS THE SAME IN THE CHURCH YOU’VE BEEN COMPARING YOUR CHURCH TO FOR YEARS! (I’ll come back in a separate article to attack that later)
Listen to me…unless you want to lose your mind and stay frustrated for the rest of your life, you’ve got to stop worrying about WHAT you DON’T HAVE and understand that NO ONE STARTS with EVERYTHING THEY WANT!
You don’t start a church with people you wish you had, you start with whoever you have, which might just be you and your immediate family. START ANYWAY!
Let me encourage you with the words of Zechariah: “Do NOT despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work BEGIN…” (Zechariah 4:10/ NLT)
Do NOT despise your small beginnings. The Lord REJOICES to see YOU START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE!