I'm just now getting around to mentioning this, but I had a great time of coffee and conversation several days ago with fellow church planter and encourager, Clay Hilton. Clay is the pastor of Mid-Cities Community Church in Bedford, Texas.
He, like me, also hails from the great but tainted state of Louisiana, was a part of the Church Planting network that I started with and is a church planter who has stayed the course through much difficulty.
Clay is one of those guys who is full of wisdom and experience and knows how to dispense it with humility and balance. He also has one of the funnest pictures of "the Pastor's family"on his church website that I've seen so far!
We talked about a lot of things.
We acknowledged those we know who have "fallen" and those who have "fallen by the wayside" in this church planting adventure. We talked about the abundance of conflicting advice we've received from various coaches and well meaning pastors along the way. We talked about how few church planters that we started with are still standing. We talked about God's faithfulness and the importance of church planting.
It was a great reminder of how much church planting isn't a solo endeavor.
Thanks, Clay for the ear, the insight and the encouragement!