We said goodbye to Boston knowing we would return one day and boarded our plane ride back to the UK. Luckily Boston is half way between our family in California and our home in Oxford, England so the plane ride with an infant was shorter and more manageable.
When we returned home I shared what had happened and received further encouragement from Pastor Chris and Pastor Phil to pursue church planting in Boston. The next stop was actually doing it.
In Luke 9:62 Jesus spoke about the proper mindset of a Christian when it comes to following where He leads “Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” So we knew we had to be all-in for this task and that we had to be in it with the right motives. It was either going to be a successful church plant for God’s glory and to faithfully proclaim His gospel; or it was going to be a bust mission focused on ourselves. The Bible is clear, “unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1).
But where does one start? Well, praise God we live in an age where church planting is a regular occurrence and there are a number of organisations who assist men in this task. No need to reinvent the wheel. The only question for us was, “which one?” After some research and speaking with various church planters in the Boston area it was clear that the way forward was through the Southern Baptist Convention and their church planting arm called the North American Missions Board (NAMB). This network of like-minded (and doctrinally sound) church planters has been an invaluable resource in our journey. I encourage you to have a look at the NAMB webpage to see how they are planting churches in all the major cities in North America and then visit their local website for Boston to see what God has been doing in and around this great city. We have applied, and been accepted, to join this wonderful network and we are excited about the resources and wisdom they can supply us with as we move forward.
Ready for the final piece of the puzzle? Read our blog “How We Got Here Part 4”
Until next time…