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I was there at the conference. The synergies in the room were beginning to explode when Pastor Pete James of Vienna Presbyterian Church challenged the listeners that the best evangelistic strategy for renewal in the 21st century is to plant new churches. He told the gathering of large pastors, “If you count the cost before you start, it is dead in the water.” Another pastor leaned over to be and said, “It’s like having a baby!”
“Starting new churches is like having a baby, if you count the cost before it starts, it is dead in the water.”
If I counted the costs of having four children before I had them, I would have never given it a second thought. One new church pastor told me, “If I counted the cost of having children before we had ours, I wouldn’t let my wife touch me.” I believe that birthing new things has a certain amount excitement, passion, and a simple trust that this is what God wants.