So my time in California is just about up. Heading back this morning to fall head first into the mission in Central Ontario.
I was a little surprised (and excited) when we polled the room at the Orange Tour stop in LA Friday to discover that 75% of the people in the house had planted a church within the last year. That's exciting. California is a beautiful state geographically and naturally, but deeply secular the moment you get around people. God just seems to have been vacuumed out of the ether.
Friday night I had dinner with Raf, a church planter from Poland. As we talked about his country, I learned there were 40 million people, 70% of whom don't go to church. To serve those 40 million people are only 400 evangelical churches (all the other churches are Roman Catholic). 400 evangelical churches – 40 million people. The average evangelical church has 40 people. And according to Raf, the secular landscape there is even deeper than in California or even Canada.
I had some great conversations with so many leaders these last few days – people who are deeply committed to making an impact on their home territory for the Gospel.
It made me really grateful for the team at home at Connexus. A few lead pastors and I swapped theater church stories, and I continue to thank God that people at home are so willing to sacrifice so much so people can have a full relationship with God.
Church planting is hard work. You sacrifice just about everything and are guaranteed nothing in return. But I LOVE people who take that risk. Glad to be heading home to hang out with hundreds of folks who have done just that in Central Ontario.