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church planting?

Ami and I submitted ourselves this weekend to a readiness assessment seminar for church planting in the PCA. Overall, I felt like the weekend (really about 2 hours friday night and 6 on saturday) was going fine until we had our exit interview and discovered that the time the assessment folks had spent with us had led them to believe that we weren't cut out to be church planters. Without saying too much, this was a hard pill for me to swallow, especially because it was so unexpected and came right at the moment of most vulnerability. After about three hours of devastation, I think I'm beginning to move toward a more balanced perspective on the whole thing. Ultimately the information they had to make this kind of judgement was limited, and it's not definitive at all. This isn't the end of the world, and MNA doesn't really control how presbyteries and churches in the PCA choose to plant new churches. Who knows what God might have in store for us. MNA's opinion is only an opinion, and a very cursory one at that (which they would freely admit). But I won't pretend that it doesn't still hurt like hell.

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