I am going to start with a bit of my personal history. My grandfather, on my dad’s side, was a church planter: he traveled to different areas, set up his tent and started preaching. When a group of followers were formed he sought out a preacher to pastor them, packed up the tent and moved to the next place. It sounds really quick when you say it like that but he would usually stay 2-3 years at each church. One of those churches he established was where I grew up and learned about Jesus.
To the best of my Grandmother’s ability she cataloged (11) churches organized/pastored and later in life, (7) churches pastored. No sending church, no mission board, only a steadfast faith that what God had called him to do He would see him through it. My grandfather was a carpenter on the side to fund his ministry; no one paid preachers back then. As a result of his skills he helped or completely built many of the church buildings that he organized. Read the rest of this entry »