I’ve got more to say about my time hanging out with my church planting friends. The instant we started our “crazy talk” about preaching our way through each other’s churches, we also began talking even crazier. Danny Bennett spoke up first. He said, “Man, what if we were to partner together in other, even bigger, things. Like what if we partnered together in planting more churches here in Santa Cruz County. We’ve already shared sound systems, worship leaders, and now we’re even sharing our churches with each other. What if we were to share our own people to plant more churches – church plants that didn’t come out of just one church but many churches?”
I wish you could have seen the instant electricity crackle in the room. Most lead pastors are like soldiers who want to take hills for the kingdom of God. Once there is an idea that captures our imagination, we get really excited. We all got very excited. We even started thinking, “What if we were to partner, whether directly or indirectly, in helping to plant 20 new churches by the year 2020.” We had to laugh at ourselves as we came up with the possible slogan “20 by 2020!” (why do we pastor’s always have to come up with a slogan?), but just think about what kind of spiritual tipping point could take place in Santa Cruz County if 5 small churches were catalytic in helping to plant 20 new churches in the next 5 years. It sounds crazy, but the last time I read my bible, God does crazy stuff like that, and the last time I checked worldwide missiological updates, God is doing crazy stuff like that in many other places around the world. Who knows what God will ultimately choose to do with a conversation that started in prayer.