What’s it like planting a church in a hard place? The apostle Paul knew a lot about that challenge. As you read the book of Acts, you find Paul planting churches in somevdangerous and difficult cities.
In one place, when Paul is ministering in Corinth, he’s discouraged. And the Lord appears to him in a vision and encourages Paul with these amazing promises; he says: “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people” (Acts 18: 9-10).
And so with those gospel promises, the apostle Paul stays a year and six months (Acts 18:11), teaching the Word of God among the Corinthians. A church is established, and now we hold in our hands, in the Bible, the letters to the Corinthians.
Many guys today are planting churches in hard places; one of them is a guy named Kris Brossett. Kris has planted a church in downtown Los Angeles. Kris used to be in a gang; he grew up in the streets, he has spent time in prison, and there the Lord radically transformed his life, called him into ministry. And now he has planted a church in LA.
So we’ve invited Kris on the podcast today to talk about what it’s like to plant a church in the hood.
Watch the story of Kris’s testimony and the story of RefugeLA here: Why I Planted a Church in My Former Hood
You can listen to this episode of Churches Planting Churches here.