I have been thinking about writing a book about my spiritual journey of planting a church. I don’t really enjoy writing, but I have been doing a lot of it lately. Some of you would say that I have a lot typo’s; you’re write (did that on purpose!!!). There are a lot of books out there to help guys get started. But there are not a lot of books out there on what to do when you are considering closing down.

From what I understand most church plants don’t make it. I spoke with a friend a couple of weeks ago who told me that a four year old church plant was closing. Another friend told me of one that closed after working for just a year. Sadly, church plants close. They close for different reasons. River Ridge has not shut down, but you never know. This summer has been tough!

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about writing a book to share our story with other church planters to encourage them. I could be wrong, but I suspect a church planter experiences a form of grief when the church he dreamed of either closes or is in danger of closing. Paul wrote, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Writing a book will take time, but I just may do it to help someone out.