The boys have been kicking it in the Big Easy for the past few days doing some training for Replant and eating their way through some fine NOLA cuisine. JimBo finally paid the bet debt by donning the Hog Hat. After the pleasantries they get down to discussing how shame plays a part in keeping Replanters isolated, separated and struggling.
Here are some of the quick insights:
Your identity is not tied to your success
God’s approval is not tied to your success
The Gospel frees us to be confident in Christ, no matter what happens
Often God allows us to struggle and develop a limp to humble us and make us more usable in his service
Every church struggles somewhere
Success is faithfulness
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Min is a Korean-American Pastor, replanting a predominately Hispanic Church in Boyle Heights. He learned about the church from his Director of Missions // Associational Missional Strategist who asked him to join him in visiting the church.
On his very first visit to the church he was asked to lead a song in Spanish, he also prayed in Spanish and taught them a Bible study in English. They kept inviting him back and eventually called Min to be their Pastor.
What did you do first?
I asked for help from other churches and pastors in the area.
I prayed, we prayed for God to work.
I got out and began to meet people in the neighborhood, introducing myself and the church.
What are some of the challenges you faced?
Everything is so new! There is a big learning curve.
There is a cross cultural challenge-there are not many instances of a Korean Pastor leading a Hispanic church.
What have been some of the most helpful things for you?
I’ve learned to ask for help-and God has provided!
Churches have partnered with us to do events like VBS.
We’ve had help remodeling our facilities.
What resources have been helpful to you?
The Replanter Assessment provided by NAMB and the Replant Team.
The training materials and coaching that are available for me as a Replanter.
What advice would you offer Replanters?
Go slower and go with God-bring the congregation along with you. Get counsel as you lead the body toward the vision of a renewed and Replanted Church.
We can look back into Christian history and see God using people cross culturally to present the Gospel-so be bold and be courageous, see each person and people group through the eyes of Christ.
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