CP Philosophy, Part 4: Take the Risk

21 04 2009

Here is another quote from Multiplying Churches that was helpful for me:

A refusal to undertake a gospel initiative out of a fear of failing is a far greater problem than a gospel initiative failing.

This should not condone rash decision making, or contradict the principle of preparation in Proverbs 24:27. However, the fear of failure can be a terrible master. Church planting is fairly risky, and many church plants have ended up “failing” because a congregation was not established within the expected time frame. This failure is often quite visible, especially to the churches and individuals that helped provide the necessary funding.

So with that kind of risk of public failure, wouldn’t it be better not to try at all? Of course not. We need to carefully rethink the meaning of the word “failure.” There are many ways that a church planter could fail: he could fail to walk in moral purity; he could fail to faithfully teach the Word; he could fail to shepherd his own family; he could fail to handle the church finances ethically. Those things could probably be appropriately termed “failure.” But is it appropriate to use the word “fail” if a church planter faithfully labors in a target area though a congregation is not established within the expected time frame?

In America, we highly value results and accomplishment. God highly values faithfulness and endurance. So take the risk: better to attempt the church plant and not succeed than avoid the church plant altogether because you wanted to guard your own reputation from any potential public failure.


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