The Challenges of Planting a Church

Editor’s Note: Below is the State of the Congregation Address that Pastor Andrew Richard recently gave to his congregation. It is magnificent as it addresses the actual struggles of the congregation – applying the truth and comfort of God’s Word to all that they are facing.  All pastors and hearers would benefit from reading this as it addresses the issues most of our churches are facing today.

I encourage you to take a moment to read this address.

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St. Silas State of the Congregation Address, Sexagesima A+D 2017

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The Challenges of Planting a Church — 5 Comments

  1. Thanks, Brother Andrew, for your clear description of the challenges of planting in the USA. Should be required reading at both sems, and in all LCMS District offices.

  2. Wow, how refreshing it is to see the clear and loving proclamation and application of Law and Gospel to current struggles within a congregation by someone in the Office of the Ministry giving up his life for the sheep for the blessing of the saints instead of telling them to go out and “produce” good works by faith!

    Thank you for your faithfulness to Christ!

    Great work Brother Andrew! Blessings and Peace be with you and your family.

  3. I thought the Formula of Concord settled the argument about good works.

    BTW : CPH produces some very good Bible studies for groups. People can also build relationships as they study God’s Word together. A new congregation starts with separated families and individuals. They need help to mold together. (as do new members in an old congregation)

  4. A brilliant summation of church in this sinful world. Terrific essay. Exceptional analysis. And well-written. Thank you, Pastor. May God bless you and your flock.

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