There’s a scare tactic used in a lot of training materials for church planting. You open up a keynote speech at a conference by saying something along the lines of:
“Beware! Church Planting is the Hardest Thing You Will Ever Do!”
From there, you go on to list a bunch of scary statistics about how wives hate their husband’s decision to plant a church and how all planters have back problems.
Don’t get me wrong, Church Planting is hard.
My fear is that this scare tactic doesn’t work. Worse, it can create some very unhelpful (or even sinful) thought patterns in the mind of the planter.
Also, if something is “the hardest thing you’ve ever done,” you should consider asking “is it possible I’m doing it wrong?”