I am often given the opportunity to preach funerals where I do not know the deceased or their family. This was one of those occasions. I preached a funeral of an unbeliever with many other unbelievers present.
Yes, you can! In fact, we have done so for almost a decade without a dime in the budget going to it. Here are some of the details of our pastoral internship, with hopes it will help you see you can design something similar.
The seminary years were a blessing from God that we would never trade. Like every situation in life there were challenges (and much of what I share below is not unique to seminary couples), but seminary brought specific demands and opportunities to our family that are not shared by all couples.
So, how do we break into the lives of people who are immersed in this postmodern reality? How do we reach them for the gospel? Do we offer therapeutic entertainment to draw them in? Nope. Instead, we do the unthinkable in our modern age. We preach.
God has decided to reveal His plans to people. He usually selects a leader and fills his head with lots of ideas. But rarely do his plans involve only one person. God designed us to collaborate with others while we fulfill His plans.
Christians affirm that salvation comes from God alone, but too often our daily walk suggests his gift is incomplete until we step in. This is an old problem, which the letter of Galatians dealt with a long time ago.
Having planted two churches and after helping numerous non-profit ministries see their start, I’ve learned a few things, many of which I write about here. I’ve also learned there are a few common steps in a successful launch.