Confessions of a failed church plant – from Ed Stetzers blog

Confessions of a failed church plant – from Ed Stetzers blog

Excellent article for anyone involved in church planting!

Ready to Give an Answer

1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

How do you begin to share your faith? You know you have an experience, a passion, an inner compulsion that drives you to share the love of the Savior with others. But where do you find the words? How do you articulate in a language that they can understand “a love the flows from east to west, and runs as deep as it is wide”? (“Listen to Our Hearts” Geoff Moore, SCC)

Or do you need a lot of words? And what kind of words? What is it that stimulates the interest, the hunger, the thirst to have what you have? What makes them “ask of you a reason”?

You may have the opportunity to speak to those whose culture you understand and can relate to. Or you may encounter those who live in a world you cannot grasp. But either way, you can be sure that each person you meet deserves to hear or see the love and light of Jesus in you.

I believe it begins in my heart. I may not know the answer I should give. But I must be ready. Ready by having set apart my affections and devotion for the One who deserves it most. Ready by having given my undivided attention to His voice when He speaks to me. Ready to open my mouth and let Him fill it. Ready to open my heart to the ones that He places before me. And when I am ready, He will make them ready to see and to ask me. It is much easier to communicate with those who are eager to listen.

Welcome to Trinimissions! A blog for ideas and discussion about Christian missions in Trinidad.

Welcome to Trinimissions blog at! This blog was created to stimulate discussion and get ideas from other Christians, about innovative ways to reach local communities in Trinidad with the gospel of Jesus Christ. For most believers, every week we gather for worship in a comfortable setting where excellent sermons are preached to those already converted.  We are blessed and encouraged and for some, this is enough. However, there are others who are deeply moved at the realisation that entire communities are alienated from our ‘Christian culture’ and may not feel welcome or comfortable in our churches. The terrible crimes that occur in our nation, especially against children and the elderly, are a poignant daily reminder that so many in our land are in need of Jesus Christ. We are stirred and challenged to be the ‘salt’ and ‘light’ that the people of Trinidad desperately need.

My husband, Denzil and I were challenged recently at a Bible School lecture, to create a model for church planting, that rejects the concept of the church as a building. Instead, we were asked to focus on how a church can be planted and grow, by developing disciples of Jesus who are not content to practice Christianity within the four walls of a building, but in their daily lives and in the streets of their communities. I invite all my friends and family and especially Christians who are interested in local missions, to share their ideas and comment on what I write! I am eager to learn from you, as you share your understanding of Scripture and what God is using you to do in your area.

For information on how we are living out our vision for local missions, please visit us on Facebook at!/pages/Moonan-Avenue-New-Testament-Church-of-God-Mission/114160438695062

Shirvanna Ali