December 3, 2003 changed my life forever when I became a member of Moms’ Club International. Although I never registered for this group or paid a membership fee, I was automatically accepted the moment I became a mommy to a sweet boy weighing 7.3 lbs. In that moment, I became “the mom” who talks endlessly about her precious baby. In fact, get a group of moms together and they’ll never run out of topics to discuss. Moms everywhere instantly connect based on their mutual experience.
I had the same experience as a church planter. The moment we planted People’s Church in 2002 I became a member of the incredibly awesome Church Planters Club, a group of people whose bond is based on our common experiences. Instead of talks about feedings, sleep schedules, and milestones, our conversations are about developing leaders, reaching people, assimilating people, dealing with difficult people… it’s a lot of talk about people! It’s also discussions about the price we pay to start something from nothing, about moments of weariness and times of rejoicing. Ultimately it’s about walking together in this journey of ministry.
Just like I need the support and friendship of other moms, I need the presence of other church planters in my life. Sure, there are moments I reach out to someone for something very specific but most of the time, I just feel comfort in knowing that someone is there if I need anything. It’s the “I’m not alone” feeling I get when I think of other church planters.
Friends, I encourage you to get yourself in environments where you can connect with other church planters because it will positively impact your life and ministry in a great way! ARC Women has great outlets for connection: ARC Conferences (Pastor’s Wives Session), roundtables, and connection through our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you’re a church planter, you’re already a friend of ARC Women. Our common experiences bind us in a special way… without saying a word; we understand each other’s triumphs and challenges.
Friends, we want to hear from you! Share your name, where your church is planted, and why friendship in ministry is valuable to you.