I know this is the question that was on Elijah’s mind as he questioned God in 1 Kings 19. After a mountaintop experience in 1 Kings 18, Elijah fell into a depression. He retreated to a cave, feeling alone, wondering if he had a future. God spoke into his situation with a plan and a partner. He told Elijah who was going to become king and then he said, “Anoint Elisha son of Shaphat to succeed you as prophet”. God knew what was going on and had a plan to keep things moving forward.
Stories like these are consistent reminders to me of God’s active hand. I spent time yesterday with Steve Baker, who is starting our second church in the O’Hare Airport area (Elmhurst, IL). He is excited about what God is putting in place during the pre-launch phase. He continues to meet people interested in becoming a part of the new church and is making plans for his first public meeting. I ended our meeting by thanking him for choosing to plant a church with Ignite.
Driving home, I wondered, “Who is next?” Our plan is to put another 3 – 4 churches around O’Hare during the next 3 years. We need planters for these new churches. Who will step up and answer the call to plant?
I know that potential planters are out there. Planters may be senior ministers looking for a new challenge, they may be working in associate ministry roles right now, they may be in the marketplace. I trust that God will provide the planters. A regular prayer of mine, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” I will continue to look, to trust, to ask God, because we need planters who will help us reach the unreached in Chicagoland.