Recently, our church planting team sat down with Grant and Jenn Haynes to get their parting words of advice based on years of ministry in southern Mexico. Here are some of the points they shared:
- Be really careful whose house a church meets in. Because there are so many divisions and gossip around here, choosing the wrong house can cause a lot of problems.
- Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Don’t latch on to one person too fast when they become receptive to God. Keep working with a few different people.
- “We’ve never seen it go well when money gets involved with anyone.” Be extremely careful about finances being any part of your relationship with someone.
- As much as possible, never do anything by yourself. Always have a Mexican on your hip.
- Discipleship in small groups (say, 3 or 4) is better than one-on-one around here, because with a couple of Mexicans present a person can’t lie about what they’ve been doing. In one-on-one situations, people are often tempted to lie in order to save face.
- It’s time for a season of broad scattering of the seed of the Word among many people.
- Don’t get too married to any one model of church or ministry.
- The goal is to see the gospel spreading through people’s natural relationship groupings (oikos is the Greek word). The problem around here is that people’s oikos are small because of divisions and gossip. Most people don’t have many good friends. Really pray against that stronghold of gossip.
- Keep hanging out with God and getting His perspective. Only talking strategy and looking at the size of the task can be depressing. Look at the Promised Land, not at the giants.
There’s a lot of good stuff there! I’m glad we got that time with Grant and Jenn before they leave.