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If you’ve been around the Summit any length of time, you’ve heard our vision of planting 1,000 churches by 2050. When I first floated the number, it was a mix between a hunch (based on a round number) and a Spirit-led ambition, something in the line of William Carey’s “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” More recently, as God has blessed many of our church planting efforts, our staff has tried to think through how we might actually see this happen.
We knew from the beginning that to reach 1,000 churches in one generation would require more than just planting churches from the Summit, but planting churches that, in turn, would plant churches. So we asked a few of our staff to chart what it might look like, assuming that we continued to plant at our current rate (3 churches per year), and that our daughter churches would plant a church every 5 years.
As it turns out, this was a hard question—the sort of question for a math junky, not well-intentioned pastors. Continue Reading…
I’ve been thinking a lot about something you mentioned in a sermon a few weeks ago. You said that you went through the motions of “Christian activities” for years, but that you weren’t saved until you finally realized that the gospel was about a personal relationship with Jesus.
The more I think about this, the more this frightens me. I feel as if I’ve done everything the Bible says is necessary for salvation, but I can’t be quite sure if my relationship is personal enough. It’s not that I doubt Scripture or doubt God (I don’t), but I wouldn’t define my relationship with God as intimate or close. A lot of my friends have had these intense emotional experiences…but I never have. Am I missing something? Shouldn’t things be different? And the more I look at my heart, the less it seems like I really love God for his own sake. Shouldn’t I be different?
This fear is driving me crazy. It makes me feel like a hypocrite just singing songs in church. It makes me hesitant to evangelize, because even though I believe the gospel, I can’t shake the feeling that I might be missing something essential. It makes Bible reading and prayer seem more confusing and overwhelming than comforting and encouraging.
I don’t know what to do. Please help. Continue Reading…