The other day Alex asked me if I would ever consider being a part of another church plant. Honestly, I was taken aback by the question. I guess I've been so busy with life that I hadn't even thought about it.
I still believe in church planting. I think it's important and needed. I also know first hand that it's not easy. Some Christians have a romantic idea about what church plating is, but the truth is that it's hard work. It takes a lot of sacrifice and time and commitment. And I would absolutely love to do it again...under certain conditions.
1. It has to be right. I'm not going to rush into anything. I'm not going to join the first church plant that comes my way. I want to feel the right connection to the right church plant and do a lot of talking and praying with my husband before we consider joining.
2. I want this church plant to be like family. I mean, really like family. We have to click with these people and feel kinship, otherwise it's not going to work.
3. I don't think our family is going anywhere far away any time soon. I would want a local church plant. Obviously I'm willing to go where ever God leads, but Miami is a city with much need and I feel that this is home. I love this city.
4. My kids need to be a little older. Right now I feel like we're in the thick of it. It'll be many years before I feel like I can devote the proper energy to a church plant.
Those are just my initial thoughts on jointing another church plant. It's definitely not in our immediate future, but I won't rule it out forever. Right now we are a part of an amazing church that we all love. My husband works there, my son attends their school, and we are committed to this ministry. But it's a gospel-centered church that believes in church plants and supports them in various ways. It's exciting to anticipate what the future holds for this church and city, and we as a family are prepared to be a part of it in whichever way God calls us.