The Leadership Journey Podcast Season 2, Episode 25: Lucas Parks, part 2

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Lucas Parks, pastor of Village Church in Belfast is back this week, continuing his story. You can catch up with part one of our conversation here.

We start our conversation this week with a discussion of ‘how to plant a church’, and what that looked like in the story of Village Church (we talk about the question of why plant a church in Belfast), including the recent development of a new church plant in South Belfast.

Among other things, Lucas talks about the Acts 29 church planting network, and about what it takes to maintain a team, and some of the defining moments in his leadership journey.

He shares very personally, and powerfully about his recent illness and the challenge of going through a tough season of treatment. He talks about how God came close to him, and about some of the lessons he learned through the experience.

For your reflection:

  • Part of our conversation is on the subject of church planting and the question of whether certain places (like Belfast, which has a lot of churches) really need new churches: what are your thoughts on this? Are new churches a means of revitalising the Church generally?
  • Lucas talks about his view that it’s better to plant churches than to grow churches to be as large as possible: do you agree? What or why not?
  • If you are leading a team, how much are you investing in ‘relational capital’?
  • Reflect on a time when you went through a particular crisis: what were some of the things you learned through it?

 

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