Planting Churches is in fashion among evangelicals today and I’m really happy about this. And Cities… cities are the “5th Ave” of the church planting buzz. Everyone loves the cities… Chris Tomlin is singing about them authors are writing about them… and it seems every aspiring church planter wants to go to the heart of the city.
What a great trend! I mean, could anyone ever imagine that young evangelicals would lay down everything by the dozens and move their families into the most expensive and dangerous places in North America in order to spread the gospel?! This is a great thing… but I just want to remind everyone. Church Planting is hard on any soil… but it’s especially hard on concrete. Our modern mega cities are the hard soil Jesus was talking about.
A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears,let him hear.”
In the city I work in, Washington DC. the work of church planting is tremendously difficult… but there are signs of life. People are fighting, moving, adjusting. Some are suffering and rearranging.
Have you ever noticed small tenacious weeds bursting through cracks and crevices in city streets? Surviving despite a constant buzz of taxi’s and bike messengers? The spring up against all odds – very little sun, water or clan air… the are natures equivalent to the urban church planter. Tenacious, stubborn, dependable… fighters.
So city planter. Your strength comes from the Lord and and the power of his might. Every time you see one of those weeds… every time you consider the odds they beat to crack the concrete… allow it to encourage you not to give up.
“The seed of the gospel may lay under the sod until you do and then spring up” – Charles Bridges, The Christian Ministry