Yesterday, I spent time with some of my favorite people in the world: Ignite church planters. We met in at Crossroads Christian Church in Joliet, IL, in their newly constructed worship facility. By the time the meeting started, 25 people were gathered around tables in the lobby. Before kicking it off with a devotion, I took a couple of minutes to “soak in” what was happening in the room.
What was taking place? There was a lot of laughter, there were people talking about things that were going on in their lives, I heard ideas exchanged and encouragement given. The bottom line for me: I saw family in action.
I do believe our Ignite planters feel like they are a part of an extended family. They know there are others in our network who understand church planting, people who are always ready to give a hand of assistance when needed. They know their fellow planters are sources of encouragement. Every planter for Ignite knows that they are not alone in the work to which God has called them.
At the end of the meeting, we gathered in a circle around Steve Baker and Chip Ward, who are working together to plant the new church in Elmhurst (Journey Christian Church). It was a powerful reminder that we are all working together to reach the unreached in Chicagoland for Jesus.
It’s good to be a part of a team. I am grateful for the teammates that God has brought to Ignite’s ministry of church planting in Chicagoland. Each of these planters has made a difference in my life. We are richly blessed through the team that God continues to build… one planter at a time.