088: A Church Planter’s Calling (with Steve Hurd)

Broadcast recently hosted a church and site planters conference where we invited Steve and Ruth Hurd to share from their experience of church planting in the North of England. In this episode of the podcast, we bring a clip from that conference where Steve talks about the importance of calling for a church planter.


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What Has God Said? What Is God Saying?

  • In Acts 13, the church in Antioch was instructed by the Lord to set apart for him Paul and Barnabas to the thing that he had called them to.
  • It's not that God has got a mission for his church, he has a church for his mission!
  • Church planting (and all ministry) is a work - be prepared to roll your sleeves up and work hard.
  • But it is his work.
  • Are you doing what God has called you to do? Are you thinking, planning and going to the work that he has called you to.
  • There are some particular issues that those opening up new ground will face, and there are certain qualities needed to face them - one of these qualities is an assurance that God has called you.
  • When God has spoken, he will do it - he doesn't tantalise us with a picture then withdraw it. If he has called us, he will do it.
  • The number one way we stand  through trials is knowing out calling - and facing trials doesn't imply that we are not in the right place.
  • The most important thing is character, but after this comes calling (both are more important than competence).
  • It is good to study and train and increase our knowledge, but God's choice of us was not based on any good in us whatsoever (and not the works that we would do) - it was for his own good pleasure.
  • When God started his plan of redemption he called a couple of childless, barren pensioners to get up and emigrate to Canaan. The only thing they had going for them was that God had spoken to them. 
  • When Abraham went out he didn't know where he was going - often the first question we ask people is 'Where are you going?' but for Abraham it started with God's voice.
  • When God wanted to confront Pharaoh, he called out from a burning bush to Moses - who, by his own admission was slow of speech. It wasn't about Moses himself but God's call on him.
  • When God wanted a chosen instrument to bear his name to the Gentiles, he chose and instrument that had been singing a completely different tune up to this point.