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Looking forward to the book, Ben. I appreciate so much your heart for struggling church planters. It's difficult when you pour your life out for a vision only to see that it is coming to pass MUCH slower than you imagined.

It's disheartening when all we hear are stories for success and rapid, explosive growth. It's even more discouraging when you hear other pastors assert that if you're not growing it's probably due to one of two things:

1. You weren't really called in the first place.
2. You're not working hard enough - stop being lazy

Thanks for being a voice of encouragement to the other 98% of us.

I started a Bible study 10 yrs ago that became a church plant somewhere down the line. We are here in OK, a very gospel saturated part of the U.S. There are 177 churches in our small county, but yet we have not really seen a dynamic, innovative, cutting edge church develop in a town of about 30,000 people. I have read your posts about the spiritual fertility of an area being important. My wife and I talked about this. Can an area be Gospel saturated and not fertile? Any insight?


So this is what your mysterious book is about! Can't wait.

I love the spiritual fertility concept. If you are looking for anyone to preview the book and blog about it, let me know. I would be honored.


Really enjoyed the concept of spiritual fertility...wish I had known that principle before we planted our last church.

YEP! Right on. We've seen so many guys come and go in our area (Boulder, Colorado) exactly because on this reason.

Steve, how is your church doing?

I've seen spiritual heritage play a huge role in cultivating communities. If you're having difficulty, I'd have to ask a whole lot more questions to figure out what's going on.

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