This is the most the common question I have been asked over the last year.
It is a great question. One that I have spent a lot of time pondering. And one that I think I have a lot of good answers to. But their is a flaw to this question:
This question assumes planting the church is my idea. Nothing could be further from the truth…
The gospel writer Luke is also the author of the Acts of the Apostles.
Luke 1 and 2 is the story of Jesus being conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1 and 2 is the story of the church being conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Luke tells the story of what God is doing in the world in and through Jesus.
Acts tells the story of what God is doing in the world in and through the church.
We have this bad habit of thinking that we are at the center of the universe. That is, of course, not true. Luke reminds us that we do not give birth to the church. The disciples in Acts were told to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus told them to absolutely nothing… until the Holy Spirit came.
If we read Luke carefully, we remember that the church was not planted by the early disciples. It was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
And so it is today.