I’ve been home for a few days and meaning to address this but didn’t get to it until now…last week I dropped a tweet that caused a few people to go ‘huh?’. Actually, that’s almost a daily occurance, but this specific tweet probably warrants a little follow up.
To clarify, I am not looking to take another run at church planting. Neither are we moving to Alaska. And before you tell me “Oh, yeah, that’s what I said about _______”, remember that you were probably 21 when that happened and I am 43 and have said those foolish things myself. Sober as a judge, neither of those things are true…which gives me a unique, detached perspective of The Great Land and it’s great people.
Reasons why that tweet’s true.
NUMBER ONE: The people of Alaska are abnormal.
Abnormally resilient. Abnormally optimistic. Abnormally equipped to do hard stuff like kill bears and giants and plant churches. Seriously…I don’t know if the weather contributes to the hardiness or thins out the weak ones, but they are, as a group, pretty amazing stuff.
NUMBER TWO: Alaska is the logistical center of the Northern hemisphere.
We think in a flat map, which puts Alaska up and over somewhere we never look, but the earth, if you’ll remember, is still round, and Alaska is equidistant from just about anywhere you want to get stuff to or from. Watch for major hubs from UPS, FedEx, and other global players to establish themselves there for a quick connect to Asia or ‘over the top’ to Europe.
NUMBER THREE: Follow the herd.
Anchorage suburbs are growing – some of them 40 percent in the last decade (and accelerating in growth now). If you want to go where the people are going (instead of where they are), go to Alaska and wait. They’ll be there in a minute.
NUMBER FOUR: Prayer is exploding in Alaska.
I met pastors whose churches pray every day at 5:30am. I met groups of pastors who pray together weekly for each other’s churches. People are hungry to partner with God and are learning that prayer is where it starts. This hunger is part of the reason we’re going to Alaska in June for a conference and TheCall Alaska.
What else do you want, church planters? Get thee to the Great Land!
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