A Random Meeting With A House Church Planter and Another of My 50,000 Coaches

So I drug my tired body to city-wide prayer this morning.  Some weeks I have anticipation and joy about gathering with believers early in the morning, some weeks I just have weariness.  My friend and mentor John tells me this prayer meeting is the thing I do that he most enjoys but that hasn’t always helped me at 6:00 A.M. in the morning.

Anyways, today I was surprised by the Lord.  I ran into two more of my 50,000 coaches at this prayer meeting.  The funny thing about your 50,000 coaches is that you never know who they are.  They could be living with you…you can see them every week…and you may never know they are your coach until the right moment.  Or they might be people you’ve never really talked to.

One of my 50,000 coaches is Duane McLean.  Duane is great.  He has more enthusiam for Jesus at any given moment than anyone I’ve ever met. As soon as Duane heard that I want to begin planting house churches, he started telling everyone.  Today, he introduced me to Todd Kleppe.  Now, I’ve met Todd before, but when I sat down with Todd I found out that he’s been pastoring a house church for the last 7 or 8 months. 

 Todd told me this great story about his house church.  A month or two back a guy came to their house church for some help dealing with spiritual issues.  He was involved in New Age and looking for some help.  In the time this guy spent with Todd, he was baptised in the Holy Spirit, freed up from some stuff that was holding him back, and went back to the state he came from and planted his own house church! 

 I just have to say that this is what I love about house churches.  The fact that someone can randomly connect with a house church, find healing, freedom, and a new experience in God and then leave and plant his or her own house church blows my mind.  Its a little portion of the book of Acts beginning to happen again in our day.  And it will happen more and more as we start to live out the principles we find in the New Testament.

So, I had to go to work, so I cut our meeting short.  But before I left Todd prayed for me and asked God to give me the boldness to step out and do what God is calling me to do.  It was great.  I left knowing that this thing that God is orchestrating around the globe is real and beginning to happen here.  And I have two more names to add to my list of 50,000 coaches.


About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

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