Where to Plant a Church (5 of 5)

Factor #5: Plant a church in an area where God seems to be opening doors.

When the Apostle Paul was traveling on his missionary journeys, he continually looked for open doors. (Read 2 Cor. 2:12, Col. 4:3, Rev. 3:8.) He made use of synagogues, people’s homes, a place where prayers are said by the river, marketplaces, and any other opportunity he could find to preach the gospel.

This does not mean that there will be no challenges, adversaries, or obstacles, but somewhere along the line God will begin to direct your steps, make you aware, impress upon your heart, and bring you back to an area that seems to meet all of the qualifications above (1 Cor. 16:9, Acts 16:6-10).

An open door could be a growing area of the community, an available building, some folks getting saved, or something else. We need to use wisdom in this area, because not every opportunity is an open door. It could be a distraction.

But we should pray for open doors, look for open doors, and ask God to open doors for us.

That being said, we need to realize that doors seem to open more often for those who are doing their part to be obedient, to work hard, to pray, to survey, to witness, and to learn all they can.  As we “are in the way” (Gen. 24:27), taking the next step, God will lead us.

Conclusion: This is the final post in this series on “Where to Plant a Church.” These are five factors that we are considering right now as we seek where to plant a new church in London, United Kingdom. We certainly do not have all the answers, so we look forward to hearing from you about other things to consider when trying to decide where to plant a church.

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