Last night I enjoyed the presence of 33 friends and good coffee at our first West Valley PCA (mission church) gathering in Emmaus PA. I am excitedly silent… or is it, silently excited. (which makes you more excited?) In sum, we hung out, went through the demographic gospel-needs of our target (East Penn area of the Lehigh Valley – specifically Lower Macungie and Emmaus) and I took the privilege to convey a bit of my philosophy of ministry – you know, that bit about being a church of weak people who depend on a strong gospel. Otherwise said like this: Would that God create a church of the broken, for the broken in our community, before the One who binds up the broken.
We talked about being a church that DOES CHRIST’S KINGDOM among our community, rather than just doing church among the churched and calling it kingdom. What that will look like in human flesh (incarnate), we are yet to really know. We trust these upcoming months will reveal gospel-opportunities where the kingdom is as stunning in Emmaus/Lower Mac as it was in Acts 2.
The cry is that the 33 people present would pray and begin to do neighborhood church planting as the gospel heals their brokenness and moves them into the brokenness around them. A high calling. Sacrifice. (Yes, last night was as much about getting people excited as it was setting the bar of churchplanting high for the sake of surrender! This is way too big for all of us, and only those whom God truly calls from the beginning should be involved)! We said it like this: May this be a church plant of church planters (plural), rather than just a church plant with a church planter (singular) with a core group… O God, would you call church planters out! My friends in the West Valley – CALL them out to humble sacrifice, O God!
We also walked next door to the new office space of West Valley Presbyterian Church… we prayed. Some wept.
I think I’d like to be quiet now.