Thoughts About Fasting 04 Some Stay, Some Go

When the prophets and teachers in Acts 13.1 to 3 started worshipping and praying there were five of them. They all were on staff at what was probably the greatest and most dynamic church in the world.

The Holy Spirit spoke clearly, out of the team, 2 of them need to go and plant a new church. 3 of them need to stay and edify the existing church.

Both are essential. When you are part of a church planting movement, like Tree of Life Church, it can be difficult to make a choice. Both are exciting.

* Going on an adventure, giving up your job, selling your home, moving to a new town and being part of a new church is exciting.

* Staying at home, staying faithful to your job, loving your current town and being part of a growing church is exciting.

But which one is for you? You cannot decide on feelings, on what you desire, on what seems good. You have to hear the Holy Spirit tell you to go or stay. You need to know the will and purpose of God. God knows what gift mix, character mix, personality mix and culture mix are needed in the existing church and the new church or churches. God knows and we must listen to Him!

During this season of worship and fasting, consider asking God a question penned by the Clash, should you stay or should you go now? Only the Lord has the answers.


Published by Tree of Life Church

We are a growing network of growing churches, with services weekly in Dagenham, Guildford, Watford, Croydon, Brentwood and Dorset. We are also planting churches in Cambridge, Suffolk, West Midlands and Hemel. Find out more at, and

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