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Church Plants Need our Prayers

Updated on October 8, 2015

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I was once a part of a church plant. My son was just born and my wife and I both felt the call to help out a church planter. We even moved from Sanford, Maine to go live in Biddeford, Maine. We ended up being there only about a year. The church plant didn’t take root. The Pastor moved to Florida and my wife and I were left to find a church. It was tough on me because I really wanted the church to succeed and I wanted to be a part of something from the beginning and see it grow into something amazing. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of that plant. It has given me opportunity to reflect on who I was at the time and how God made me to be who am I today.

Church plant work is about advancing God’s kingdom. It is about saving souls and the grace of God. This is why I write this hub. There is nothing more that I would like to see then more people come to Christ. One of the things I’m most excited about is a new church in Old Town, Maine. It is part of the City Reach Network and they are all about the mission of God. They recently launched their church and I have been prayer walking the streets of Old Town with the Pastor and the Youth Leader of that group. I want this church plant to succeed because it will mean God’s kingdom is advanced.

Two Question Interview with a Church Planter

You know that I like to give ideas on how to pray, so for church plants here are my thoughts:

  • The Planter: You might want to read my blog about how to pray for a Pastor because that one has many suggestions on how to pray for them. Church planters do what they do because that is their calling. Some go from city to city planting churches and then hand them off to others. Other planters stay with it long after the church is planted and help it grow. Either way, pray that the planter will know how God wired them and when it is time for them to move on and hand over the church to the next person. Or, to stay for the long term. When they start, it might be just them and they need to build up a team. Pray for them in the early going as a team is built to share the load.

  • Strategy: I believe one of the reasons why the church plant I was a part of failed was a lack of strategy. We did a lot of outreach, but even to this day I’m not sure what our ultimate plan was. In contrast, InterVarsity has a manual about how to plant a new chapter. Here in New England, InterVarsity has planted a lot of new chapters. These planters need to have a plan in place for the short term and the long term. Let’s pray that they will get wisdom from God on how to plant their church. Pray that their planning times will be times of prayer and connection with God.

  • Their Team: In every church plant, there needs to be people behind the church planter. Sometimes a church planter goes with a team and others times they have to build up a team as they are planting a church. Pray that the team they build are excited about planting a church and advancing the Kingdom. This is a calling from God that shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you are considering leaving your church to help with a church plant, you are considering a great thing. But I suggest that you take time to pray and discern. Ask God what your role is to be with the plant. Be willing to take up YOUR role, not the planters or somebody else' role that God is not calling you to. He may even be calling you NOT to leave your church but to just pray fervently. Remember, the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much!

Praying for a location of a church plant.

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Old Town, Maine:
Old Town, ME, USA

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Old Town, a city with a church plant.

Church Plants Worship at Schools, Elks Clubs, etc.

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  • The City: If you are praying for a church plant, get to know the city or town. Each city or town has it own personality and learning that is going to help you pray for the plant. If you can, go to the city and walk around and visit the city hall and ask for a city report. If you can’t do that, use the internet and look up the city on-line. Some cities are blue collar cities while others have a lot of engineers. Some are college towns or bedroom communities for a nearby city where most people work. Each one of these cities or towns have different needs. Old Town is a mill town that is in need of a new industry to move into it and put people to work. I pray for this so the churches can be funded here in Old Town and that people will be able to go back to work.

  • Hearts: Ask God to soften the hearts of people that the church plant is going to reach. God is needed to do his part through the Holy Spirit if the plant is to succeed. I pray for God to soften hearts as the church plant moves into the city. At the same time, I am praying for workers of the harvest to move in.

  • Resistance: God's enemy involving a plant is the devil. Pray that God's Holy Spirit will be loosed to make war against this foe and that this foe will be bound in his resistance. Pray the Lord will take down the strongholds of secularism, apathy and religiosity. Pray that the surrounding churches won't be competitive but supportive, praying the new plant will reach people they haven't been able to reach. Pray for a breakthrough in all of this resistance into revival.

  • Funding: I wish it was said that a church plant is free, but it takes money. Money to rent out space to have worship. Money to pay the Pastor. Some organizational help is needed to help with the funding of other church plants who need to raise their own support. Pray that God will provide. He can provide by having the planter be bi-vocational or supported fully. After all, God is Jehovah-Jirah, our Provider.

  • Your Thoughts: You have them, I want to hear them! Please share so that we can be lifting up these new churches and God’s mission will be fueled with prayer.

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Church plants are God’s kingdom being advanced! Our prayer could be the fuel that gives the extra push needed for a new church, for God’s work in a new place. A little warning for you; God might call you to join the church plant. That is what happened with me. And it happened before I joined staff with InterVarsity. Prayer leads and I know that it could turn into me joining the effort. I wouldn’t put it past God if I change churches in the future (then again, I pray a lot for my own church). But don’t let that stop you, because if you are truly following God and His leading, then you will have the advantage no matter what you decide!

Okay folks. Get out there and pray, pray, and pray. And please do that early and often!

I hoping to hear what you have to say

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    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      The funny thing is, that picture is not my church. But I'm praying for this new church to take root in town.

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      My white friend does not seem to care one way or another. I told him my views though. A few of my friends like my idea. Big E is a coworker of mine. His real name is Troy. Big E is a wrestling hero of his.

      As for your church I think it is good for public relations to have a black male in it. People tend to think all white means racist. Even many whites.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Brian, the black guy you saw played for the New England Patriots. I met him a men's conference and he was willing to have his picture taken with me. As for your white friend, how are you going help his voice be heard in the black community. One thing I wrestle with is that Old Town, Maine is predominately white. I don't have a lot of opportunity to get to know blacks. When I do get the opportunity, I make sure that I do more listening.

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      Big E 

      2 years ago

      David,

      please remember that anything you want from the black community a black male or what appears to be a black male has a better chance to get it for you.

      If you want black people to pray more they are more likely to listen to a black man.

      if you want black people to get better grades, work harder, say no to drugs whatever they are much more likely to listen to a black male.

      A black male could help you get black votes, black friends.

      A black country singer could get more black country music fans and sales.

      Tiger Woods has more blacks liking golf.

      black people respond to color.

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      A black person is much LESS likely to step to you if you are a black male or if you have a black male with you.

      I had a white friend who attracted a lot of negative black attention. He looks kind of goofy like Napoleon Dynamite. He does have a lot of black friends though. I asked him and he told me whenever he hung out with a black male nobody ever messed with him. True story.

      I felt bad because when I hung out with him I knew if I was black I could be his protector. All I had to do was be black and that would most likely be enough.

      I saw that you have a black friend in a picture on one of your hubages. He looks like he would be a good bodyguard. He is a football player I think.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      I might be. Here is Maine where it is overwhelming white, it is easier for a black to accept our culture, there isn't much tension. It the population of blacks need to go up for the tension to be here. My prayer is that we will bring reconciliation here before that happens. Thanks for reading and continue to pray for Church planters.

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      big E 

      2 years ago

      Oh I thought that he was a teenager LOL!

      I think it would be fun to to a black dude in a white area.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Brian, God is with you. Focus on Him and His will in your life and I'm sure that he will bless you. He always looks out for you.

      Big-I hope that a man is more masculine and stronger than kids. :)

      What I love about that picture is the racial mixing that offers for a white area like Old Town, Maine. It makes me more excited then ever for what God is doing here and around our nation.

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      Big E 

      2 years ago

      DLR,

      I saw the church plant team photo.

      The black guy in the middle looks so much more stronger and masculine than all the other kids. That is why I love black skin so much. I feel like you can protect yourself and loved ones much better with that look.

      I hope you are laid back and have a good sense of humor. I mean what I say but it is all in good fun.

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      Thank you Randy and DL.

      The more prayers the better. Please pray that god watch over me and bless me and I will do the same for you.

      I just hope I can get through this world and into heaven. I have been lucky so far. Thank God my mom lets me live with her I would struggle big time on my own. The prices scare me. I do not know how some people make it. But my weaknesses draw me close to god. My fear of death draws me closer.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      3 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      MsDora, thanks for praying. It is because of our prayers that God is doing something amazing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      David, all aspects of Kingdom life is important, but church planting more so, because it can become the foundation of several other ministries. Both you and Pastor Brooke gave us vital thoughts to consider. Praying!

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      Pastor Randy 

      3 years ago

      Praying for you Brian

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      3 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Hi Brian, I'm praying for you. Look me up on Facebook or Twitter if you want to give me some specfics on how to pray-Dave the Prayer Guy-FB and DavePrayerGuy-Twitter.

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      Brian 

      3 years ago

      Jesus please save me. Love Brian

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      3 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Brooke and I have been prayer walking the streets of Old Town. Revival is coming, keep praying!

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      ForestBeekeeper 

      3 years ago

      Brooke is great. I stop in every week to see how they are doing.

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