Often we expect God to do things as we pray for Him to do them. More often, God does His own thing. It is a good thing, though, because God seems to have a better handle on how things should go anyway.
An important part of planting a church is prayer. This is a very spiritual activity, and it is filled with a lot of spiritual warfare. I tend to shy away from talking about spiritual warfare in most cases because it has been so overused and abused. But there really is no other explanation for what goes on when someone decides to step out do something for God.
As most of you know, Lori and I left the Kansas City area in April to return to Dayton, Ohio (my home town) to plant a church. The most important work is going to be in the area of prayer. Sometime in the future, this is going to become a reality. I believe God moves in response to our prayers, and Northland area of Dayton is a tough area to reach. Nearly 65,000 people in the area are considered unchurched and unattached. There are a lot of churches, and yet few people actually attend a church and even fewer churches are reaching lost people.
During 2007, I am going to continue to focus on growing as a follower of Jesus and as a leader. The primary (and only thing) we are going to focus on in 2007 is starting small groups.
I am asking you to be part of the prayer team for the new church plant. As part of the prayer team, I am asking you to remember our church in prayer 3-5 times per week. Feel free to pray as God leads you. I have set up a website/blog simply for the purpose of sharing prayer requests, praises, and articles on prayer with you. If you are willing to sign-up, please subscribe to the e-mail newsletter (this simply delivers the post to your e-mail box when it is posted), and comment on this post to let me know you are joining. I will update the blog at least weekly with prayer requests, praises, and articles/thoughts on prayer. I will also be praying for you.
There are two ways to subscribe:
First, you can go to http://prayfordayton.blogspot
Second, you can click on the following link
Thank you ahead of time for being part of this very important part of the church planting process.