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September 08, 2006

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mike

These are interesting observations, Bill, of which I agree with. I pastor a small church in the Northwest. We are the 3rd CC, I am the 4th pastor in 7 seven years. We've been here 3 years and this is as much a mission field as any. The people here are very friendly for the most part, but they are very independent. The church has grown very slowly, but we have a great group of saints.

While I can only speak for my own experience, I’m curious why churches will not commit much support (financially and spiritually) to a church planter in the US., but will go to great lengths to support someone planting overseas. I understand that many countries will not allow a foreigner to work there, and thereby necessitating support. We elevate the status of the guy going overseas as a missionary and tell the guy planting across town, state or country that when God guides, God provides.

Another interesting point is the culture of CC. We are of a Southern California culture. Nothing wrong with that. I grew up in Southern Cal. Paul understood that he would be all things to all men that he might win some (1 Cor 9). It’s important to understand the customs, speak the language of the people you are serving.

Bill LaMorey

Mike,

I feel your pain! I really don't know the why behind the traditions you mentioned other than the obvious...they are traditions! Some traditions are good, some are not so good, or are no longer relevant. The only way we can figure out which category they fall into is to periodically take them off the shelf, open them up and examine them. Which I think is what some of us are starting to do. Some are really good, healthy, biblical traditions that need to be put back on the shelf. Others we are finding wanting, and the old explanations maybe just aren't sitting well with us anymore.

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