In 2018, Garrett and his wife Gabby asked themselves, “If we knew we had God’s blessing, what’s the boldest, most meaningful thing we could do?”
Before I did a residency at a church in Harlem and started getting involved at CTC, I would have thought starting a church was about getting people to lead a service and hoping people would come. But now I see this is just 10% of church planting.”
The call to start a church is unique. And in a city like New York, it is a calling that requires much risk, discomfort, and faith.
God loves cities. And in New York, we’d like to think our city is no different.
“I didn’t think I had the gifts to start a church, but at the same time I was thinking – Why not me?”
Sitting alone at an outdoor cafe near his Queens apartment on a warm, sunny Monday afternoon, a young church planter stares at his laptop.
Church planting is not sexy. Or cool. Or easy. At least not in New York City.
When I read Mark 1:29-39, I can’t help but think of the many pastors, church planters, and leaders I’ve met over the years.
The following article originally appeared in the Redeemer Report. One of the common frustrations church planters often face is a kind of protectionist turf consciousness that they meet from established churches in their target areas. If the established church, however small or weak it may be, discovers that a new church might begin nearby, the […]
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
Over a period of 12 years, I planted two churches in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.