3 REASONS TO NOT JOIN FRONTIER CHURCH
note: We are a church plant coming from a church plant hoping to plant more churches. We believe with confidence there are an abundance of reasons to join a church plant, including: theological affinity, missional affinity, leadership affinity, and more. But as important as examining the godly reasons to join a church plant is examining the poor reasons to join a church plant. Here are three.
BECAUSE ALL THE OTHER CHURCHES AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH
We understand that church plants can sometimes produce an arrogant culture. Many young planters go the way of church planting in light of the insufficiency of other churches. What you’ll find with the majority of our core team is that we’re planting a church because we love and admire our sending church. Not because “all the others churches aren’t doing it right.” We know many Christians lug around from church to church an attitude of eccles-elitism (“ecclesiology” meaning church, “elitism” meaning- well, you get the point). Limping. Hurt. Broken. If that’s you, we hope you’ll discover the freedom that we have a profound admiration for other churches in the downtown and greater Des Moines area. In fact, we would be happy to point you towards these gospel-preaching, Bible-believing churches if you judge Frontier Church to be one of those churches “that isn’t doing it right.”
BECAUSE THE CITY OF DES MOINES NEEDS YOU
We understand that many church planters refer to their prospective city as a dark place in need of the gospel. That’s church planter rhetoric 101. Even though we are gospel-centered to the very marrow of our bones, in many ways we are excited to join the success of Des Moines’ culture. Personally, when I read about the entrepreneurial, musical, and cultural advancements of Des Moines, my response is “I want to be a part of that!” We feel charmed to plant in a city with a culture as thriving and blossoming as Des Moines, and we hope you’ll experience the freedom of being involved with a church that doesn’t think of itself as the city’s savior. Even though we like to talk and tell stories about Him.
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE PART OF SOMETHING HIP, TRENDY, AND NOVEL
We understand that people possess an innate desire to join something hip: the new brewery, the new coffee roasters, the new _________. Sure, generally the people hoping to join in at the ground level of a new endeavour are young, reckless, and unrooted. But if your reason for wanting to join our church plant is to be part of the hippest religious movement, there are cooler people and cooler churches. Instead we hope you’ll discover that we have a love for the ordinary and a passion for the historical church. I was driving along a highway a while ago and saw off the road a billboard for a church that read: “Not your grandparents’ church.” That’s all well and good, but something welled up in me as I thought of Frontier Church: we hope this will be your grandpa’s church. “There’s nothing new under the sun” says the wise man, and we humbly acknowledge that statement includes our church plant. We hope our vintage gospel preaching and old-school Bible believing church will draw seasoned Christians to help mother and father our young men and women.