Hi,

Early this morning, I posted on Facebook asking for a prayer for my little girl Tehillah seemed to be having a stomach flu, and almost instantly 28 people responded and 21 people left comments and said that they are praying. I just loved how we were building a community of praying for one another. I hope and pray that our church planting journey will create more of this; getting closer to God and each other. Thank you everyone for your prayer, by the way. Tehillah is recovering well. My prayer for you today is that you don’t catch cold or flu because being sick isn’t fun at all.

Today, I would like to share with you the “What if” #4. What if there are 4 stages for the growth of the church? I’m not just asking this question, but instead, I’m hoping and praying to see people’s lives being changed through the church. What we need is to know and be intentional about moving people from where they are to where they need to be.

What I’ve learned from Saddleback Church about people’s faith journey to bring people in, build them up, train them for ministry, and send them out for mission. Well, that’s exactly what I’m trying to say here, and that’s my story as well. If you’re interested in learning what I meant by “this is my story as well,” please click https://youtu.be/8kWWPVh_Wck and watch my video on why I left Saddleback Church.

However, since we’re talking about coffee shop church, let’s try to find an analogy coffee lovers are familiar with, coffee I’m not planning on explaining it in detail, but it begins with a coffee bean (or seed). When a tiny small coffee bean (or seed) is fell on good soil, it sprouts and grows up. This is the first stage.

Second, in order for a coffee tree to grow, it needs sunlight, water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients from the soil.

Third, coffee flowers and fruits (or cherries). The tree of coffee arabica will grow fruits after three to five years, producing for an average of 30 to 60 years, possibly up to 100 years. It almost sounds like a believer bearing fruits to me, doesn’t it?

Lastly, coffee. As coffee trees are bearing fruits (coffee beans), we make coffees that wake our body and spirit to get closer to God and each other. We may enjoy pour over, drip coffee, espresso, latte, cortado, and many more.

Church is like a coffee shop that works with coffee beans, trees, flowers and cherries, and coffees. Get it?

In Christ,
Your brother Karo