I never dreamed of becoming a church planter. That isn’t *my thing*. I like to sing, read theological books and even debate any cults — but not to plant a church. But when God calls you to do something, you can’t do anything but obey. Even your desires will change. Monergistic? :D
I’m new in this field. I even came from a denomination where church planting is an alien word. Yet I’m here supporting the vision of Grace Place. We’re 8 months to this church plant in Makati — aiming to minister to young urban professionals. Eight months of trying to build up a church without anything in hand — no money, no human resources, only faith. On the other hand, it’s assuring to know that we’re not alone in this, we’re part of the team!
Our ultimate role is to make His kingdom grow. And to make it grow, there has to be a teamwork within members of the team. I’m not talking about our team at Grace Place, I’m talking about THE team — the Body of Christ.
We lack musicians. Currently, it’s me doing the praise and worship leading, my brother at bass guitar and our Worship pastor, Enjel with his acoustic guitar. God deserves the best so in my estimate, this isn’t the best. I have to bail out of the worship team. Not that I don’t like it, but I know it’s not my gift, it’s not my ministry. We need a regular gifted praise and worship leader. We need a drummer (we use k-hon) and probably another acoustic guitarist to help K’ Enjel out.
I thought of asking Christian friends for referrals. I asked Jim of FEBC who hooked me up with Ida of a youth church in Intramuros. Ida eventually hooked me up with their praise and worship leader, John. Kuya Prudy and I met with John last Tuesday, and boy, he does know this stuff. And I realized how little we know about church music, instruments, sound system and mixing and basically everything about quality Church music management. John’s a blessing. He promised to help us out with our praise team development.
Isn’t that team work in action? Forget about denominationalism. Forget about Calvinism vs. Arminianism. This is kingdom building at its best!
Next — purchase musical equipments and sound system. As Kuya Prudy says, it’s God’s job to find financing. I am sure God will. Who knows, it will also come from the members of the kingdom. Isn’t that exciting to anticipate what will happen next?
Incidentally, I have created a new category “On Church Planting”. I will try share here our journey at Grace Place.