Thursday, September 11, 2008
The 10 Reasons to Plant a Church in the Bay Area
It's time for a shameless plug. I want to plant churches in the Bay Area, and I'm in search of those who share this vision. Thinking about where to plant? Why not come to Nor-Cal? Consider the following 10 incentives...
Let's start with some frivolous (and delicious) reasons to plant a church here.
10. Fenton's Creamery - It's been around for 114 years, so it has to be good. The portions are absolutely ludicrous. You will hurt yourself if you try to finish some of these sundaes. My Personal favorite is the Black and Tan . I'm still debating whether I can eat this and not (of necessity) commit the sin of gluttony.
9. Barney's Burgers - Tons of selection, and everything is good.
8. Zachary's Pizza - This place is a little slice of Chicago (or perhaps heaven) in the middle of the California. The Zachary's Special is my personal favorite. If I had to be stuck on a stranded island with just one pizza, this would be the one.
And now, some slightly more substantive reasons to plant a church here.
7. The Weather - Winters are a tad drizzly, but not too cold. In the summer, the fog keeps everything nice and cool in the morning/evening. In the early fall, the weather warms up...to around 85/90. There's generally a cool breeze coming in off the bay. Moreover, the air quality is outstanding.
6. The Variety - If you like urban, you can't do much better than San Francisco. If you like lots of local flavor, Santa Cruz and Berkeley provide it in abundance. If you like the ocean, Half Moon Bay is just 30-45 minutes down the coast. If you like the mountains, Tahoe is about a 3 hour drive up I-80. It's tough to find activites you can't do here.
5. The Cultural Diversity It's definitely a difficult place to get bored.
4. The Relaxed/Communal Atmosphere. I've found people to be quite approachable in the Bay Area. There are real neighborhoods in various places, despite the fact that this is an urban center. This appears to bode well for the prospective church planter.
And now, some very substantive reasons...
3. Cities Influence the Rest of the World. As Tim Keller has noted, cities are what propel cultures forward. Cities like San Francisco and Berkeley have exerted tremendous influence on our cultural milieu, and universites like Cal and Stanford have helped to shape academia. When the gospel infiltrates cities, it seems that whole cultures are transformed.
2. The Bay Area is in Desperate Need of Good Churches. This is one of the most unreached places in America.
1. Jesus Wants You to. I'm not saying that Jesus is in fact calling you to plant a church in the Bay Area. Rather, I mean that if Jesus were calling you to plant a church in the Bay Area, this would constitute the single best reason to plant a church in the Bay Area.
Well, there you have it. If you don't feel the slightest inclination to plant a church here, I'm not offended. However (in all seriousness) if this is something you'd like to do, I'd love to talk with you about it.