There’s nothing like seeing a new suburb arise virtually overnight to realise the need for new churches and church planters to plant them. Well not quite overnight, but very, very fast. I was at at the Metro Conference (training for ministry apprentices and their trainers) earlier in the week at Stanwell Tops Conference centre, south of Sydney. I went for the same morning walk I did at the Conference last year. Same walk. Same route. Except very different scenery. Thousands fewer trees. Hundreds more houses. And not just in one place but several. In one pocket of a huge and sprawling city, in one part of a massive and growing country.
And who will take the gospel to these new suburbs? New churches will be needed. And people to plant them. And people to make up core groups within them. Let’s pray for God to raise up the people needed for the task. For it is the ascended Lord Jesus who showers the people needed for it (Ephesians 4:11-16).