I hope to spend the next few years traveling across the country helping people start liberty churches. But this is not as easy as it might sound. In fact, it is a HUGE undertaking!
In the first place, I do not know how to do something without doing it right–doing it with all of my heart, mind, soul, and strength. I never do things half-way. And I won’t make this endeavor half-heartedly, either.
When I say I hope to spend the next few years traveling across the country, I am talking about a team of people helping me. I have enlisted the assistance of several people, including an audio-visual team, some of the folks at the Biblical Law Center–and even some notable Christian attorneys. And I will not come empty-handed. I will bring binders full of materials–both practical and Biblical–to leave with the people we will be helping. I will also bring printed copies of many of the messages that I have delivered at Liberty Fellowship.
I sure wish someone had provided me with these tools when I started my first church back in 1975–or even when I started Liberty Fellowship three years ago. Frankly, I don’t know of anyone in the country who is doing what we are attempting to do.
And, in case you are wondering, I will not let this effort interfere with my work here at Liberty Fellowship. These will be weekday meetings; I will be in my pulpit each Sunday in Kalispell, Montana. Plus, we will space the meetings according to a variety of factors in order to optimize our time and energies. After all, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
We will soon have an application form posted online where people who want us to come help them can apply. I am not hesitant to say that we will carefully screen the applications in order to do our best to make sure that the people who are asking us to come are truly serious about it, because this is very serious business to me. This is not a game to me. (I even despise commercial flying.) I believe the future of our liberties depend upon what we are doing.
I thought about trying to do all of this exclusively online, which would eliminate the cost and effort of travelling. And I definitely foresee the online part of it becoming a very important tool for continual assistance to those we help. We are already planning on that. But, frankly, I am convinced that there is no substitute for face-to-face, personal training. I want people to catch my vision and my fire, as well as the mechanical and technical instruction. I envision that I will be working with both ministers and laymen in this endeavor. I believe I must meet these dear people in person.
Here is the stickler: I am positive that the vast majority of people whom we will be helping will not be able to afford to pay our way. The travel, accommodations, published materials, office work, organizational work, technical work, etc. would be cost prohibitive for most people to be able to meet. I estimate that a single trip could cost up to $5,000. Not all of them will cost that much, but some could. At the same time, I do not want to begin this project unless I am relatively certain that I will be able to continue it–at least for the next year or two–in order to give the project an opportunity to get well underway.
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