Ugly realities of church planting

It's exciting to think about planting new churches. A lot of young man warrior for Jesus types in Sydney are pretty keen for it after Mark Driscoll glassed them last month.

But church planting has many ugly realities. One reality is that it's hard and it hurts and you make mistakes and sometimes you fail.

Another hard reality is that it requires planning and funding and organisation and assessment and forms and stuff. An ugly reality indeed. Yet if we want to be wise in our service of the Lord, we ought to pay attention to this stuff too. Ed Stetzer has a bunch of links to reports on church planting best practices which are probably worth a read for those considering church planting.

Sigh. Happy reading.