I believe in the team approach to church planting, or any ministry for that matter. We weren’t meant to do life alone, and we weren’t meant to do ministry alone. When God made Adam, he saw that he was alone so he made for him a team mate. When Jesus went to be with the Father, he gathered a team (the church) to continue his work. When Paul went out planting churches, he did it with team mates.
When Andrea and I began praying about who to ask to join our team, we ultimately ended up asking all of our best friends. Initially we had a longer list than that. We could have gone with the approach of determining which gifts were missing from the team, and finding people with those gifts to join us. However, we felt that this core team first and foremost needed to be people that we could love and trust, and who would support us come hell or high water. That was one of the best decisions that we’ve made in the last year and a half.
If you’ve ever planted a church you know that there are going to be some rough times. We haven’t even planted the church yet, but we’ve had some rough times. I can’t imagine going through those times alone, or with a group of people that I didn’t love and trust. The other night, while Andrea and I were struggling to make sense of our circumstances, our team was there to encourage and strengthen us. It meant so much to us, and confirmed in us that they were the right choice and that we can’t do it without them. I know in the months to come that God will begin bringing to us many other people who will fill the gaps that our current team has. And I know that in time some of the people on our team will be replaced by others. But for now, we’ve got the greatest team a church planter could ask for.