If you are looking for some community, Neil would be happy to hear from you!
This post can also be found on the Acts 29 Network blog as part of a series on entrepreneurial aptitude - TRANSLATION: if you're going to start a church, you have to be able to start something from nothing. ‘He looks silly!’
Now if you had seen the picture of David wearing Saul’s armor that I was looking at with my five-year old son, you would agree with his assessment. And what makes this scene even more silly than the visual of an oversized helmet and XXL body armor on a M sized body is that David was already an accomplished warrior (think bears and lions). He already had the weapons needed to fight but was put in a situation where he was told he would have to wear another man’s gear in order to succeed.
Some of us in church planting world look pretty silly. We are self-starters by nature but in the name of success and fitting into the culture of a tribe like Acts 29, we have grabbed other men’s gear and try to wear it like it’s our own. We want to tell stories with the wit of Kevin Cawley or influence the restoration of cities like Keith Watson or write with the precision of Jonathan Dodson and Reid Monaghan or act like we’re the grizzled veteran of numerous cage fights when the truth is we haven’t been in a fight since the 7th grade. And we lost that one - to a girl!
I want to give you permission to abandon the pursuit of balance in leadership. It is nothing more than a silly myth that will put a lid on your influence and a muzzle on your message. You must give primary attention to what only you can do to add value to the life of your church and community. Find your edge and sharpen it. Become your own brand of missional genius.
Look, I understand the push back that comes with leading with a kind of edge that cultivates your strengths and sets aside your weaknesses. This has the potential to become a breeding ground for the larvae of life-sucking parasites we call arrogance and self-reliance. But in the end we believe that entrepreneurial aptitude is rooted in an attitude of humility and courage that was bought with blood on the cross and has been pressed into us indelibly by the Holy Spirit.
I'm going to be interview Anson McMahon tonight during our worship gathering. Anson is the planting pastor of a new Acts 29 church in Buford. I'll let him tell you more about the church and how you can be praying:
Emmaus Church is a Gospel-Centered body of believers in Buford, Georgia.As part of the Acts 29 Network of Churches (www.acts29network.org) we believe that our mission has been clearly communicated by our Lord Jesus when He commanded, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”It is our belief that every member of Christ’s church, in obedience to this Great Commission, should view his/herself as a missionary for Jesus Christ in his/her current context (culture, neighborhood, workplace, school, city, team, club, etc). We should exist for the magnificent purpose of knowing Christ intimately and making Him known to others. In short-we have been rescued by our Savior, Jesus, so that others might be rescued!We exist to glorify God through the preaching of His Word (2 Timothy 4:1-5), the praise and worship of His good and holy name (John 4:23-24), the loving service of our community (John 15:13), the planting of more Gospel-Centered churches both here and abroad (Matthew 28:18-20), and the training and equipping of His followers that we might be a multitude of worshipers on a distinct mission to make Christ known (Ephesians 4:11-12).For more detailed information on Emmaus Church and how you can join us as we live our lives on mission for Jesus Christ please email Pastor Anson McMahon at Anson@emmausbible.org or call us at 678-736-0810.The people of Emmaus Church ask for your prayers in the following areas:
- Provision as we raise funds over the next few months. These dollars will be used to fund the rental of meeting space when we launch, strategic hospitality gatherings for our neighbors who don’t know Christ, purchasing children’s ministry resources, purchasing discipleship materials, basic A/V equipment & signage for our public launch of Emmaus Church, etc.
- That the Lord Jesus will give us favor with our neighbors as we develop intentional relationships with them in hopes that the gospel will transform their hearts.
- Wisdom as we seek to allow Jesus to build His church without us allowing pride, arrogance, “not-invented-here syndrome”, or any other sin to get in the way of what He wants to do with Emmaus Church.
- That the Lord will establish a committed Core Group over the next few months who are willing to live as a gospel-community who have been called by God, saved by Christ, filled by the Holy Spirit, and placed on a mission for the glory of Jesus to reach our community in the Buford (Gwinnett) area
- That the gospel will be the reason we do everything we do as Emmaus Church because true power is found in the gospel.