Church planting feels like jumping out of a plane and praying to God that the parachute opens! As church planters, my wife and I have never worked so hard in our lives, but we have never been so fulfilled. We love our new church, city, and tribe: ARC. We’ve dreamed about church planting for a long time and I always imagined it as the ultimate leadership opportunity. However, in addition to the leadership challenge, it’s also been a test in learning to follow. As we parachuted into our new city, I led my family, the team, the prayer meetings, the interest meeting, and on and on. Yet, I have been struck by the need to follow as well. If we want to become great leaders, we must be great followers. As the months leading up to our launch day flew by, I discovered that church planting was for followers. Here are three marks of a follower:
David is the founding pastor of Radiant Church in Overland Park, KS. Prior to starting Radiant Church, David spent 20 years serving the local church, speaking at youth conferences, and founding a national conference ministry called Desperation. He loves the local church and is committed to making disciples of the next generation. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University (OKC, OK) with a degree in religion and obtained a masters in theology from The King's University (Dallas, Texas). David enjoys going on dates with his wife, Renata, and exploring Kansas City with his four kids.