Don’t worry about it

As we plant Inverness Vineyard Church , we are on an unpredictable, joyful, life-giving journey. It’s loads of fun, its messy, it has its seasons of busyness, its full on. We see Jesus doing what only he can do and his kingdom coming in Inverness as it is in heaven. It is an amazing journey, and alongside the celebrations and breakthroughs and salvations there is so much other “stuff” to navigate.

One of the main things for me personally has been my journey with worry. The enemy this last year has had a knack of distracting me and consuming me, in the small stuff, in the little things that actually will have little impact on the bigger picture. Isn’t that so true? It’s almost like the enemy whispers: “look at this..” and when we look he holds a magnifying glass to it to make its presence bigger and appear more harmful than it is or more important than it really is. He is cunning, and will steal our joy and  our gaze on Jesus at every turn if we let him. And on occasion this last year, I have let him.

Here are some of the areas in this last year where there has been tough moments, and my prayer is that my story might maybe even help where you are at right now, whether its a church planting context or something completely different.

Provision –  When we felt called to Inverness and made the move, God was teaching us a whole new level of his faithfulness and where our security should be rooted. We were worried. Jobs, houses, friends and money -we have to start again. I remember when we were in Aberdeen having dinner in the run up to us moving, boxes everywhere, one of our friends whilst praying for us felt God saying to him “give them the money in your wallet”. At that point a tenner was thrust into my hands and the words “God has got this side of things and you don’t need to worry.” It felt a significant moment and we kept that tenner as a reminder. We got sent out with generosity stamped on our luggage and our hearts from our church family in Aberdeen with a significant cash gift to start the church and arrived in Inverness. There has been countless, perfectly timed reminders that God has indeed got this and still countless moments where we wobble and wonder how it will continue. Then nearly a year to the day of us being sent from Aberdeen marked with generosity, we received a one off gift to our church totalling over £20k!

There was one evening last week I was out walking and  praying and dreaming where the church will be in 10/20/30 years time. I have lots of ideas and dreams and constantly get ahead of myself. Right at that moment I saw a ten pound note floating down the street- I never find money. God has it in his hands, and I try to remember those stories when worry visits in the area of provision. We must remember where God has carried us in the past, where his hand has been so evident as we step forward into battles. I love a wee quote , and one I often remember “Remember in the dark what God spoke in the light.” As we plant Inverness Vineyard church, just over a year in I need to remember we are called, we are sent, we are filled with his spirit and we have only just got started and he will provide.

Perspective- Often the things I worry about 1. I can have very little impact personally to change it, 2. Are areas and things that I find myself down a rabbit hole of imagining the worst possible scenario that looks so different to the initial worry 3. Steal my joy and impact my day/week/season. 4. Can distance me from God.

As we have planted, having someone who can speak perspective into situations is pure gold. Protect them with your life. We are not immune to this kind of attack. One or two people we love dearly from the outside looking in, they see it like we often can’t as we are attached to it in a different way and they can speak over us the words we need to hear (or sometimes don’t want to hear!)  We all need that.  I  have a friend I meet every couple of months not connected to our church who loves Jesus and  asks me how I am really doing. As well as people who point you to Jesus, the most important rhythm in times of worry or doubt and insecurity is to make sure you have time to be with Jesus. Thats been invaluable. To climb a hill, or drive to a quiet spot and listen to him, speak to him, tell him how I feel. When I don’t have that, I can lose perspective.

Who is allowed to speak perspective and point you to Jesus in your life? (in the words of Woody from Toy Story which is THE most played movie in our house with our boys at the moment….”if you don’t have one, GET ONE.”)

Pressure – One other learning for me this last year has been around pressure. Things will look different, and it needs to and that’s OK. When we started out, everything needed to look a certain way and the dream needed to become a reality down to every little detail –  what I am learning is the dream will be built upon step by step, and I have learnt to go easier on myself. The church planting guru that is Steve Nicholson spoke into this exact area at a church planting day saying: “Don’t worry about everything going right all the time, just keep doing the right things.” Each time we are gathering I would put a focus and pressure on what went wrong. What I learned from Steve that afternoon was that every week something will go wrong, it’s a given. That was so refreshing to hear, and brought me such a freedom on the pressure I was putting on myself each time we planned something or ran an event. God is in charge, he has got it and he will use it – even if the projector screen collapses mid sermon (it did and I saved it just in time!) These moments of real life are also often the moments that resonate with people, and help them belong in a whole new way so learning to not put so much pressure on myself has been massive.

Hope these experiences help paint a picture of our journey so far. It isn’t easy, it comes at a cost but boy has it been worth it.

With love,

Thomas

Matthew 6:26-34

 

 

 

Children & Church Planting: What we’ve learned so far

Hello,

Since moving north, we have learned so much and every week (or day!) seems to bring with it a fresh challenge to navigate or another learning point to take on board. We feel its important to highlight these, either for future church planters, teams of church plants or for people to hear in a bit more depth the journey we are on right now.

One of the great things about our breakfast drop in launch last October was that we could get up and running quickly, connecting and getting to know folk in the city – now that has shifted dramatically! We are 8 months in since our end of April Sunday service launch and its going brilliantly. One the main joys and successes has been the launch of Vineyard Kids and Vineyard Tots- and alot of that is down to our team being just brilliant!   Being able to create a space for our children and little ones to encounter Jesus has been amazing and we have learned the importance of this space as the church has grown. Here are a couple of things it has taught us:

  • Understanding and appreciating the impact this adventure has on our own and all other children:  Mhairi and I had a wee moment afew months in when we were aware that although the upheaval on us was huge,  for our kids it is  just as big (if not bigger!) and we must ALL make sure we have spaces to look to Jesus, thank him and cry to him for help. Everything we are going through our brilliant little boys are journeying with us, so it is the family business. At the turn of the year, we were quite conscious that how we were running Sundays wasn’t working in its current format with regards to our children and the planting teams children, and visiting families. We were running our weekly breakfast drop in, but we didn’t have a program for pre-school age kids or primary age kids. (we had some games and a soft-play area) In time this made the morning quite a challenge for us as parents and also the children. We felt although we had some games and activities it wasn’t the same as feeding them spiritually in an intentional environment.  We are passionate about our children “being filled and sent out”, to be singing songs of worship in their weeks  and recounting stories of Gods love and power but what we were doing wasn’t allowing that to happen.

 

  • Since launching KIDS and TOTS we are seeing more and more visitors: Its no coincidence that when we have started regular spaces for our kids to worship and meet Jesus , we have seen more and more visitors and families join the church. When we place value on our children, and run spaces that are more than babysitting but that teach the Kingdom and have time for them to encounter the Holy Spirit in significant ways, stuff happens. Our children teach us so much, I am in awe of my eldest sons  (he’s 4) hunger for praying the sick – we adults have so much to learn!

 

  • Its placing value on our kids I mentioned in a previous blog who my eldest boy who is 4 said a number of Sundays ago at bedtime “I loved church today”. We want our children to love and follow Jesus, and love going to church to meet with him. So we want to pull out all the stops to make the best we can, and to make sure the program we have includes lots of fun, lots of space to be themselves, lots of mess and lots of Jesus. They are not to miss out!! We had a boy who was invited by a friend about 4 months ago, wasn’t dancing or participating in our Kids programme. 10 mins later he was jumping up and down, singing the songs and joining in the games. On one of the games, I heard him shout: “THIS IS THE BEST CHURCH EVER!.” He has been coming since. We want our kids to gossip the gospel, and gather their pals to hear about Jesus.  A question I want us to revisit regularly as a church plant is : How do we make Sundays the highlights of our childrens weeks?!

 

  • We continue to learn/adapt/make mistakes.  We are always learning and making mistakes. Our services are going great, seeing heaps of kids come along, and that then means they come to RISE. We don’t have a dedicated programme for Kids at RISE yet (Tots still runs weekly for pre-school) and we are relaunching RISE once a month into 2019.  Although we can be proactive in planning ahead,  we have learned we have to see what God is wanting to do, and be reactive to that quickly to facilitate it and let it flourish – forever adopting a learning posture.  We aren’t afraid of making mistakes, its often the mistakes that are rich in learning to push on and try something else. 

 

  • Everything is in the room: There are obviously also lots of practical factors in starting up kids work that can’t be ignored (Child protection, PVG, DBS, References etc) that need to be considered and also have a team that are passionate in leading, participating and going “all in”, we have been blessed from the outset with this and we know that is not always the case. Our learning and advice would be the minute you can bring the bare bones of a  programme together for children, you sense you have a couple of people that could get behind it – don’t hesitate and get going! It was daunting for us seeing the children coming along and thinking how on earth do we start?!? We remembered something our previous pastors would tell us “everything is in the room”  the people are always there, God has it! That has always been the case.  God has used Vineyard Kids and Tots mightily in these first 8 months of Sunday services for us and we can’t wait to see what he is going to do next.

We hope these wee blogs are helpful in providing an insight, any questions we would love to connect,

Thanks,

Thomas

 

Preparing to Plant : Changes

 

We thought it would be good to share with you on this blog post some of the  changes we have had to journey as we took the step to move to Inverness to set up a new Vineyard Church. So we are both going to share a little what has been happening, what God has been doing in us personally and what we are celebrating! We hope it gives a little insight into the last year for us.

Don’t do it alone

It has without a doubt been the quickest year of my life! I said in one of the last blogs about the early days of starting to work on the church, coming from a large staff team to just me. those first few months were tough, and lonely at points. So I have to be intentional in my week in meeting with folk at church for coffees, having 1 or 2 coffee shops you visit regularly to work, meeting with folk outwith church, having friends to play snooker with or hit afew golf balls. Having connections is vital church planting and they don’t fall on your lap. The Vineyard movement and other churches in the city have been terrific. I can honestly say you can contact any Vineyard church and they are so open handed and supportive, its super special. What has been so important for me also has been that one or two people you can say how you are really feeling, what is going on in your spiritual walk and what Jesus is saying to you personally, not the church. That has been so important for me.

Embrace the crazyness

Alongside Mhairi working 2 long days a week as a nurse, and looking after our two boys 2 days a week (3 and 1) and prepping for Sundays some weeks are a blur, and our teams now understand why we serve such strong coffee on Sundays! ha. But we are OK with that and have learned to go easy on ourselves, but also whilst setting faith filled goals. That’s got to still happen otherwise we rely on ourselves and we just tick along. We want to do our best , but God understands and will move through our best offerings, inspite of the weeks we have had. He is gracious. Nearly everyday since we have moved we have said to each other : We are crazy aren’t we?! And we both agree we are! You need that little recognition of the crazy, sacrificial cost church planting carries, and that there is no earthly reason that makes sense for such an adventure. We actually find it comforting to remind ourselves of that – its not in our strength. The amount of times I have whispered under my breath before speaking on Sundays, before conversations or when looking at the finances: “Its over to you God.” helps us keep the main thing the main thing in these early days. He knows the stresses and struggles and insecurities…And he still uses little old us ! And that’s what makes it worth it, time and time again, he isn’t looking for polished and perfect, he just looks for our obedience.

New season with Jesus

This last year, I have found a new and exciting season in my walk with God. Its like I am rediscovering afresh who he is and who I am in him. And I feel this is benefiting me in my walk as a follower of Jesus, and pastor, husband and father. Still get it wrong, still get the balancing everything wrong but have around me some great mentors, coaches who speak life encouragement and gold into my life. Worship has been the most precious thing for me, and being in the highlands Spotify and an hour roadtrip into the hills is good for the soul and I find so much refreshment in that. So that is exciting and the church…I am biased but its the best , I love it , I love the people, I love seeing people come alive, I love meeting new folk, I love looking out and seeing God so what only he can do. I love seeing our boys toddle off to Vineyard Tots and sing songs of hope the rest of the week, I love hosting and dreaming and scheming with folk that we would never have had the opportunity to meet had we not moved, I love receiving email after email of little God moments, and stories and encounters and encouragements. That’s the biggest joy. And even though we have had some tough stuff I say…..imagine if we didn’t do this?! Even 10 months in, the amount God has orchestrated has been remarkable and we just know it is the beginning!

Here’s to the immeasurably more!

With love,

Thomas

 

 

 

 

Preparing to Plant: A different kind of build

We thought it would be really useful to put together a wee series of blogs called “Preparing to plant”.  As we are now around 10 months since moving and a couple of months since starting regular Sunday services, there has been a lot learned along the way that we hope will serve those who will lead a church plant or be part of a church plant in the future. And also so for the many people who are praying for us, to give a snapshot of what we have learned or encountered as we have moved up north.

I think one of the major things God has spoken to us about is building, and that the church planting journey for us has meant how we grow, begin and build as a church community looks really different to our past experiences. When we first moved to Inverness, one of my biggest challenges was that first Monday morning -the transition from a large bustling life giving church staff team of 20+ people, to me sitting down at the end of our parents spare room , with a desk and a chair from the garage. This was my “office”, and Inverness Vineyard was up and running. I know that not everyone planting churches will have had that experience but wherever you have come from, things will look dramatically different. That example highlighted for me very early on, that this was going to be a different experience to anything that had went before us. And that journey has been quite challenging for me, to adapt to new surroundings and to carve out a “new normal”. Things slowed down, emails were abit quieter, phone not as busy, it was like someone had hit reset on the life we were used to! It felt hard, but more importantly even at this very early stage a significant God moment, a call to get the sleeves rolled up and get connecting.

This has extended into all the areas of Inverness Vineyard, where previously we would have structures/policies in place to support ministries, events, ideas, we are now in the position where the structures need to be built from the beginning and the policies need to be written. Where we would propose budgets for our ministry areas  previously we now look at the church as a whole, every part and and every penny. Where we would collect our Sunday resources on Friday from the church office, we have had one or two mad dashes to our 24 hour ASDA to get grape juice for communion or gunge for Vineyard Kids. The build looks very different.

And after an initial panic at the magnitude of that, we are good with it. Alot of the initial panic came because I am a visionary, ideas man, and have lots whirring around my mind in terms of where we can go and who can be involved. Thats my kind of building….that is still there but with church planting, but  I realise the foundations need to be right. So right now, its what can we build that can stay built, that will remain upright , that will stand the test of time and who are the key people that will go the last minute dash to ASDA, check the policies and crunch the numbers to support us. The right people are so important in the early build, they set the groundwork and right now we are finding that so important. As we continue to grow and increase momentum we are trying to increase the number of people we release to take stuff on to look after a piece of the building project.

We learned so much from our time at City Church Aberdeen, they have been amazing at supporting sending stuff our way and we have taken many great ideas and structures and will continue to be in touch – but Inverness Vineyard is a different build. Its bespoke, its uniquely God breathed and its going to look different, and we are SO excited about that! To see where God leads us, what is to come and what he will use in to further his kingdom. Its been a learning curve, but one that we wholeheartedly believe God will use for Inverness Vineyard to play an innovative, significant part in being a part of the revival of the Highlands.

We are ready, bring on the next stage!

With love,

Thomas

Inverness Vineyard update: 9 months after moving

Hello,

We thought its about time we gave a little update on all things Inverness Vineyard. We just can’t quite believe its 9 months since we moved and upped sticks to Inverness. So much has happened, some we had planned for and some surprises (which we have become accustomed to as church planters!). There is a real sense of momentum the last few months, the last two families waiting to move have now sold and bought houses, we are meeting new people on a weekly basis with lots of folk exploring or re-exploring Jesus again which is just the biggest joy – God most definitely has a plan as we take our baby steps into the city.

After having a really great couple of months at our breakfast drop-in RISE we felt a pull to take that next risk step as a wee church. We are constantly reminded we are to continue to be people of faith. The very risks we took moving, changing jobs, making new friends, is to be embedded into the culture of the church and the people we gather – comfortable, settling and consolidating is a no-no! At RISE we were gathering anything between 10-25 each Sunday morning, having lots of fun but we sensed the Lord leading us to exploring starting Sunday services. There was a couple of reasons for this. Our Thursday night meeting was outgrowing our living room, 20+ folk worshipping standing on couches and squished up to windows and using all our posh mugs (easter egg mugs had to be used!) was fun but wasn’t creating space for more. Secondly we are incredibly passionate about and believe wholeheartedly in the gathered church environment – times of worship, digging into the bible, our children consistently having environments to encounter God- we have seen time and time again these are the spaces and places where God break chains, restores and changes lives.

So on 29th April, we launched our very first Sunday service! It was an absolute blast, lots of folk turned up which was just lovely, and all our equipment worked! We have started a series over summer called “Keys to the Kingdom”, journeying through the parables Jesus taught, and asking God through these stories what would he have us do in Inverness. Our teams have been fantastic, stepping up in every way, loving and supporting us wholeheartedly with launching services, and looking to take things from us to better support us. These services are twice a month at the moment, which feels right just now in terms of teams and the demands of that, we are going to see how that develops over the summer.

As we launched Sunday services, we have also launched 3 small groups which replace the big all together Thursday meeting. “Doing life together” is the strap line for our groups, we feel really excited by the guys we have leading those groups and how loved and welcomed people will be. We have also launched “KindNESS”, which is our church movement of generosity. At Easter we went out armed with 100s of creme eggs, and the end of the June we are out again, just to connect with people in Inverness, and bless them and see what God does with our small acts of kindness. We also have an amazing link up with Gateway which is a charity which tackles homelessness and poverty. And I have been involved with Clachnacuddin FC, a fantastic highland league football team where I am the new chaplain which has been great, though they haven’t needed my football expertise…yet.

So as you can see alot has been happening! Lots of joys, but not without the challenges. I think as church planters, we would value your prayers for finding the sweet spot of balancing everything. So much is happening already which we are in awe of God and SO thankful, but we want to add what God wants for Inverness, not what we think Inverness needs. Its so so exciting, but also has its demands with a young family. We had the sweetest moment one Sunday evening after one of our services putting our 3 year old boy Joshua to bed, when he said “Mummy, Daddy, I loved church today!”. If we can navigate the road of parenthood and planting (perhaps a future blog!), taking risks and pursuing Jesus and our boys can say that each Sunday night at bedtime, we will be doing just great! Lots to celebrate and we have found it useful these last few months to intentionally mark the moments, celebrate the breakthroughs, chat about our encouragements so that when the wobbles and attacks come, we remember what God spoke so clearly way back over 10 years ago and we are exactly where he wants us to be!

With Love,

Thomas & Mhairi

Inverness Vineyard Church: Calling

Our story and calling in becoming church planters has been eventful! As we begin planting Inverness Vineyard church, we look back to 2006 when we started dating in Inverness,  and when we eventually married in 2009 in the city,  we knew even then that God had spoken to us about returning one day.  So we trusted God with this word, and kept it at the back of our plans until he would see otherwise. And decided as a couple we would embrace the adventure, and see what God would open up for us as a couple, and made a choice to be open handed and available.

Its a dangerous prayer to pray because a year after being married came an opportunity to become youth pastors with City Church, a one year fixed contract, which would mean me (Thomas) leaving my job as a mortgage adviser. We debated many an evening, came up with ways to make both jobs work, until it became apparent it was one or the other. I remember so clearly us in a small room with the church leadership team and Mhairi receiving Psalm 23 as a word for her “The Lord is my Shepherd…he leads me…he guides me…” We both excitedly wiped away the tears and said: Let’s do this!  What we learned as a couple early on was that being all in can be a scary, vulnerable prospect but when you begin to see Gods provision and direction after taking the step there is no better place to be.  3 years later we had another “all in” decision to make when City Church became a multi site church, when we were asked if we would lead a church site in Ellon. It was honestly never in question, we moved to Ellon a year previously and fell in love with the town, even though we felt out of our depth (recurring theme!) we knew it was right. And so came 4 of the best years we have ever had seeing countless people come to Jesus, becoming parents to 2 brilliant boys and seeing a small group of 18 adults and 4 kids grow in number, impacting and loving a town for Jesus.

Then about a year ago, we started to get abit unsettled. Our Ellon site was thriving and full of life and countless God stories, we were settled in a lovely home, there was nothing to suggest things were going bad and we needed to go. But church planting was being spoken about more and more and our hearts were beginning to be pulled towards the thought.  We had an instance being prayed for at the NLC conference in 2016 in Nottingham,  were  there was a call to anyone who thought Church planting could be part of their journey. We knew returning to Inverness one day would be great, so responded. Why not?!  Then the man praying for us had worked in Inverness for 20+ years and with tears in his eyes said : “For your first service, I will be there, cheering you on.”  I remember walking back to my seat, shaking and blubbing and laughing, knowing this was the start of another chapter. Then word after word (some awkwardly from our own church family!) further re-iterated the call to move north to Inverness. It was happening….

And so here we are, a couple of months in, rolling our sleeves up and ready to get stuck in for the next season ahead. We just couldn’t be more excited.  We have had our challenges along the way, but the God stories make it all worthwhile – thats why we do what we do, why we battle, why we persevere, why we don’t give up, why we have tried to say Yes more often than No. We love Jesus and his church and want to see many more encounter him. Mhairi and I often chat about our older years (in our 80s God willing!) when we are sitting having a cuppa, reflecting. We didn’t want to be saying: “Imagine if we had went to Inverness….” we want to be sitting with a glass of bubbly celebrating reflecting all that God has done in this city saying: “Imagine if we didn’t?!!”

If you take one thing from our story and calling, please let it be to say YES, be all in for Jesus and take some risks for the kingdom, you will almost always feel out of your depth but he will never, ever let you down. Who knows where you will go and what adventures he will take you on.”You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

With love,
Thomas & Mhairi

Inverness Vineyard Church: 3 Month Update

 

Hello everyone,

Here’s a wee update 3 months into our church planting adventure, the quickest 3 months of our lives!  After getting to know a small core team over September, we felt Gods prompting to get going in gathering. So, in October we launched two weekly gatherings. RISE is our Sunday breakfast drop in at a local school, with a heart for friendships to be built and for opportunities to share about Jesus. We have seen new people from all backgrounds visit us every week from the local community, from as far away as Tain, which has been amazing – we love how something like breakfast can connect with a community.  Jesus loves to meet people over their coffee and croissant!

Our Thursday evenings are called ORIGIN, we dedicate this space to worshipping together, opening the Bible and praying for each other. These have been such precious nights, and it feels like these evenings are increasing in significance and will be the place where big dreams are birthed and chains are broken … bring it on! For Christmas, we have a carol service planned as well as an acoustic cafe evening at a local coffee shop partnering with Gateway (The Highland Homeless Trust). The entry ticket to the evening is bringing a food hamper which will be given out to those in need in the city. We are thrilled to be meeting a practical need in the city so early on in our journey, and are excited for future opportunities.

It’s been an exciting few months getting to know the city, other charities and other organisations to find out how we can stand alongside them, cheer them on and join in to serve and love the city. We have also shared many coffees  with other local church leaders to introduce ourselves, hear more about the amazing work they do, and establish strong friendships. Inverness is served by some fantastic kingdom-minded leaders who have inspired and encouraged us in our early days.

Our vision is that Inverness Vineyard Church is a place where people come alive, and we have so loved that we get to play our part, only 6 weeks in. Its amazing what God can do with a little, and we know as the church grows and we enlarge the tent, that we will look back at this season of new beginnings rejoicing in the faithful few in a small living room, to impact the many of Inverness and the shire.

So there we go, only 3 months and what an adventure! W e wouldn’t change any of it for the world, and we’re so glad we took the leap of faith. Here’s to 2018.

With love,
Thomas & Mhairi

Useful Resource

For anyone sensing a call to participate in the adventure of church planting, it’s important to absorb as much wisdom as possible. There are lots of theorists, and many idealists, but wisdom from practitioners wins every time.

Twitter recently threw up a podcast that I’ve found really useful. I haven’t listened to all the content, so I can’t vouch for it all, but the content by Terry Virgo and Geoff Surratt was brilliant.

Why not check it out?

Broadcast Church Planting Podcast

Essential Training

We want to set up all our church planters to win. And so we have developed a brand new course for potential church-planters that, in our church context, we believe will equip you with the minimum skills and experience that you would need to plant a Vineyard church, and give you a good start in church leadership. We are unbelievably excited about it. It will help you get off the starting blocks in the best way we can conceive of at present. Clearly further coaching and training (and perhaps study) may be required as your leadership journey progresses.

The link to our course, the City Church Leadership Academy is here. We find it very hard to imagine releasing and commissioning any church planters who have not engaged with this course on some level.  The course is open to anyone over the age of 21 from any church, subject to selection, and there are full-time and part-time options.

Why plant churches?

So my friend Andrew McNeil sent me this amazing paper by Tim Keller, that I’m sure we’ll come back to a LOT. Here’s the first paragraph for your delectation:

“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else–not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes–will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow raising statement. But to those who have done any study at all, it is not even controversial.” Tim Keller