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Chapter 17. The One Year Church

February 3, 2010

The One Year Church

I sat in the passenger’s seat. The Toyota carried us comfortable down the two lane road. The Bishop and I were traveling to a brand new preaching point.  He had never been there before.

I was scheduled to preach during the Saturday afternoon service. The church building is very small. It may not hold 40 people, I was warned.

My friend had established of over 130 churches. He said, “I am criticized for my approach. I treat God’s Business like a business. If I go into a town, and start a church or a preaching point, I give it a year to start growing. To get off the ground. If it doesn’t do anything the first year, I go into another town and try it there. Jesus said sometimes people wouldn’t hear and to shake the dust off and go to the next place. That’s what I do.

“I don’t know what to expect today. I’ve never been to this place before, so it’s new for me too. I am supporting it however. If it doesn’t do anything, we’ll try elsewhere. So, be prepared for whatever.”

The pastor had never pastored before. He was new at this. He was new at preaching too. As a matter of fact, he was fairly new at living for God. He had been the town drunk for years. Laughed at, mocked and discounted.

Something happened when he went to the Pentecostal church in a nearby town. He repented, got baptized in Jesus name and was gloriously filled with the Holy Ghost. The transformation was real, immediate and undeniable. And then to top it off. God did the unthinkable, He called him to preach.

For several months, he had been holding services in this small building. The townsmen came to see what happened to the drunk. The were amazed and convinced. Their attendance said as much. The building was full. They not only got the Holy ghost, they were on fire.

It looked like this one would last more than a year. Another church had been successfully planted.

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