I think the biggest challenge of church planting is staying rooted to Christ (mission, vision and values) day in and day out. It can be easy to romanticize or glorify or even idolize the church planting endeavor. The problem with that is that church planting is insanely messy. From the planter to the core group to the first gathering, it’s filled with people who are flawed folks asking God to transform them. Focusing on numbers, strategy and goals rather than repentance, humility and grace is a temptation to make the church planting process a lot cleaner than it actually is.

–Kyle Costello, Lead Pastor of Missio Dei