The Lord allowed us to see our new church facility in Madison, Virginia, become a reality. We simply watched God do the things He said He would. “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it ” (Matthew 16:18). “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it…” (Psalm 127:1). The Lord is good, isn’t He?
I wish to share with you a few things that I have learned along the way in planting the church in Madison, Virginia, and in other places as well.
First of all, I feel that if one is to be an effective church planter, he must “make his calling and election sure…” (II Peter 1:10). I believe many young men start out to do a work for God, but they are not sure of their calling, and when trials come, they loose heart and quit.
Second, one should be sure that God has called him to the place in which he wishes to start a church.
Third, one must be willing and prepared to spend long hours knocking on doors, and witnessing to people.
Fourth, one should not try to mimic or operate after the manner of other successful church-planters or pastors. Rather, he should operate from the Word of God.
Fifth, one should be committed to the ministry that God has called him to.
Sixth, one must not be afraid. Isaiah 51:7 states: “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.”
Seventh, if one is to be an effective church-planter in the black community, he must realize and feel the spiritual plight of the people. In other words he ought to have a genuine burden.
These are just a few things that I have learned along the way. I do hope that they might be of help to you as you start and build a church.
Rev. Andrew Hamilton