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Church Planting

“Follow Jesus on the journey he has planned for you, and invite your people along.”

“When God called me to plant a church, he intended for me to go on a journey with him. The beginning and end of this journey are not results, but the love of God in Christ. That is the promised land! Church planting is uncomfortable and dangerous work. When Jesus calls you to take it up, he intends to draw near in previously unknown ways. If you’re willing to respond in your soul to where God is calling you, you can take people with you.” 

I came across this statement while doing some online reading about church planting. After 3 1/2 years of church planting in Del Rio, I sensed this statement was written just for me. I have never been comfortable as a church planter, having served in traditional churches my entire time as a minister. For me, City Church Del Rio had to be very different than what I knew as church. I needed to experience a total reliance upon God like I never have before. I need others to come along and join me in this experience.

The reason I say that I have been uncomfortable is because church planting goes against my every being of the way I do things. Growing up in a very structured household, and then having served 7 plus year in the US Army, I always have know structure as a way of life. Don’t get me wrong, there is some sense of structure to church planting, it just isn’t as visible as what I would call normal structure. Church planting has allowed me to do things I would never do in a normal church structure. I am allowed to lead others to dream with me and even though it may really seem impossible, God allows me and those of my team to make sense of it through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I plan to expand some more on my journey as a church planter in the upcoming days and weeks so that you may be able to catch a glimpse of the God I have so enjoyably been able to walk with.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Be The Church Or Make Way For Something Else

Great read for those of us in leadership positions of churches. Enjoy!
Be The Church Or Make Way For Something Else

Christ is not found in our institutions, he is found in the church. In people who love Jesus, love each other and gather together regularly.

Why does the church exist?

It’s not to get people together for meetings. Or to keep our theology pure. Or to defend our traditions. Or to look cool and appealing to the unchurched.

But it’s easy to fall into one or more of those traps if we’re not constantly reminding ourselves what we actually do exist for.

Why The Church Is Supposed To Exist

As defined clearly by Jesus himself in both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, the church exists to love God and share his love with others.

We’re not about meetings, denominations or creeds – although all of those have had and will continue to have a place. We’re about relationships.

It is our calling and our mandate to introduce people to Jesus, connect those people with each other, then prepare them to help others meet Jesus, too.

Being The Church

Through the command to make disciples, Jesus created a self-perpetuating system to keep the church alive, vibrant and adaptable.

Through the command to make disciples, Jesus created a self-perpetuating system to keep the church alive, vibrant and adaptable.

For 2,000 years and counting the church Jesus started has been the most relentlessly growing, most adaptable, most life-changing, most liberating organism in the history of the world.

Despite all the cries of alarm and concern, the church is not in trouble. It’s not dying. Its best days are not behind us.

The church is alive and well, with far greater days ahead than any we’ve seen come and go so far.

But the formats we’re currently using to accomplish those ends? Those are in trouble. Big trouble.

What We’re Doing Instead Of Being The Church

The way we format the church experience, the expectations we have of people when they gather as the church, the top-down hierarchical structures that are so commonplace we barely see them any more – those are going, going and soon will be gone.

And that’s okay.

Because we’re not supposed to be in the business of preserving those formats. And, in fact, to the degree that we try to preserve them we will continue to sap precious resources away from doing what we should be doing – helping people find, love and serve Jesus.

Being the church.

Why Does The Church Exist?

We need to rediscover and re-commit ourselves to being the church Jesus called us to be. Or, while we’re off chasing other ideas, someone else will offer a knock-off version that feels better than what we’re currently doing.

Actually, that’s already happening. It’s been happening for 2,000 years.

There’s always some version of “almost church” that’s ready to give people an “almost” version of Jesus.

There’s always some version of “almost church” that’s ready to give people an “almost” version of Jesus, wrapped up in a greater sense of community than what many churches have.

The church doesn’t own a monopoly on friendship, mission or caring. We have a monopoly on only one thing. Jesus.

Christ Is In His Church

Christ is not found in our institutions, he is found in the church. In people who love Jesus, love each other and gather together regularly. That is de facto the only place to find, know and grow in Christ.

  • Not in a building
  • Not in a creed
  • Not in a specific format
  • And not alone

People loving Jesus and loving each other is how Jesus said the world would be won to him.

That’s the church.

That’s the Jesus way.

That’s who we need to be.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 Acuna Mexico Recovery Efforts

As a pastor, I am so proud of my church members and their efforts to help our friends in Acuna, Mexico, after the F4 Tornado. They have been so faithful to serve with glad hearts. Today over 500 meals were given out in love, consisting of meat, beans, rice, bread, and water.

Today, the Del Rio Uvalde Association delivered a collection of goods from the area baptist churches. They also brought monetary donations to purchase any other needs that come along. God has moved the body of Christ into full throttle action.

Here are today’s pictures. Thanks Alphonso for all your Facebook posts.

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Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Churches less evangelistic today than ever before

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This post comes from Thom Rainer:

By almost any metric, the churches in our nation are much less evangelistic today than they were in the recent past. In my own denomination, we are reaching non-Christians only half as effectively as we were 50 years ago (we measure membership to annual baptisms). The trend is disturbing.

We certainly see the pattern in the early church where “every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). In too many of our churches today, the congregations are reaching no one for Christ in the course of an entire year.

The Poll

I conducted an unscientific Twitter poll recently to see what church leaders and church members thought of this trend, My specific question was: “Why do you think many churches aren’t as evangelistic as they once were?”

The responses arrived quickly and in great numbers, both in public tweets and in direct messages to me. Indeed, I was still receiving responses four days after I sent my Twitter question.

The Results

The response was highly informative for me. Here are the top fifteen responses listed in order of frequency:

  1. Christians have no sense of urgency to reach lost people.
  2. Many Christians and church members do not befriend and spend time with lost persons.
  3. Many Christians and church members are lazy and apathetic.
  4. We are more known for what we are against than what we are for.
  5. Our churches have an ineffective evangelistic strategy of “you come” rather than “we go.”
  6. Many church members think that evangelism is the role of the pastor and paid staff.
  7. Church membership today is more about getting my needs met rather than reaching the lost.
  8. Church members are in a retreat mode as culture becomes more worldly and unbiblical.
  9. Many church members don’t really believe that Christ is the only way of salvation.
  10. Our churches are no longer houses of prayer equipped to reach the lost.
  11. Churches have lost their focus on making disciples who will thus be equipped and motivated to reach the lost.
  12. Christians do not want to share the truth of the gospel for fear they will offend others. Political correctness is too commonplace even among Christians.
  13. Most churches have unregenerate members who have not received Christ themselves.
  14. Some churches have theological systems that do not encourage evangelism
  15. Our churches have too many activities; they are too busy to do the things that really matter.

What’s the solution? Let me know what you think? send me an email larryfloyd@fbcdelrio.com

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

  1. Our churches have too many activities; they are too busy to do the things that really matter.

So What Is the Solution?

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