The following is a guest blog post by Janet McMahon, a founding pastor of Restore Community Church, a multi-site church in Kansas City. Janet is one of our 50+ speakers at the Exponential Regionals this fall:
I was 44 years old with three kids and no intention of being pregnant. Luckily “planting pregnant” had nothing to do with restocking my house with diapers and baby supplies.
Full of vision, passion, and clarity of calling, we left our beloved friends, jobs, and community to plant a new Church in a new city. As if this was not challenging enough, we also knew that God was asking us to plant a church that was pregnant with the possibility of future Churches. At the time, we thought maybe we were “pregnant” with at least two more campuses of Restore Community Church in our city. That felt like a HUGE dream, it felt like best-case scenario. Never did we imagine that by embracing the theology of sending we would instead be a part of launching 43 new churches in 10 years.
Jesus sent out the seventy-two and he told them: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out…” Luke 10:2-3. Not only did he send them, he told them to pray for God to send even more. When God sent our family to Kansas City, it was all I could do to keep myself together to plant one Church. It was extremely difficult to wrap my mind around the sending of others.
It is just so much easier to focus on ourselves and what God is doing through us, but when we embraced the theology of sending, it become less about our work and more about God’s work in the world. There is so much freedom and joy in that. Now we are hooked on sending, we just can’t see it any other way.
The more we send, the more we want to send. The more we bless the work of others, the more we want to go out with a blessing of sending on our lips.
Special Invitation from Janet
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