“I am more ready than ever to plant a church” -Me (three years ago)
I thought I was ready, but really I was just arrogant. I think more than anything I was interested in planting a church out of selfish desire. Now in the middle of church planting I have a much different perspective. I praise God for the obstacles and opportunities He placed in front of me that forced me to wait.
This is the more complete update of all that happened in and through Ascent in January of 2019.
I have many notebook pages full of abandoned plans for Ascent church. I have been wrestling with the call to plant a church for nearly three years now and during that time I've read at least ten books on the topic and spent countless hours listening to podcast. I've been blessed to be surrounded by some amazing pastors like Steven Earp, Brannan Duncan, Rusty Gunn, Jason Dirks, and many many more amazing men of God who have taken the time to invest in me. I have been assessed, approved, and given access to world class training by the North American Mission Board, The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and the Association of Related Churches. I even took a year to intern in a church plant before planting myself. I very well may be the most equipped planter in the history of church planters and here is my conclusion: I have no idea what I am doing.
I recently read "High Performance Habits" by Brendon Burchard and one of the key habits in high performers according to Brendon is clarity. He asserts that the most successful in any field have incredible vision for where they want to go and how they want to get there.
Welcome to the “Church Plant Journey” blog series. My name is Blake Farley. This year my wife, Taylor, and I are planting Ascent church in Woodward, Oklahoma. We are excited, nervous, confident, humbled, and the list of emotions could go on for days!