I just had to paste this from Paul's blog (my co-pastor). He couldn't be at the Midwest gathering this weekend but this is his reflection. I love this guy.
"I was bummed that i couldn't go hang out with the church planters. What we're finding over and over is that trust is central. I just have a few things to say to those church planters/missionaries out there who feel like they're lost, up against the world, in a dark room:
Walk in trust. Be in touch with the Spirit. Know that you are not alone. When you feel depressed, alone, unable to express this yearning in your heart; remember that we have been there too. It's part of the journey. Don't let the enemy tell you to walk away. Don't let this burning in your heart turn cold. Don't play it safe. Instead of trying to control circumstances to arrange for the Kingdom of God, draw close to Jesus and the Kingdom will come to you. Watch as He wipes your tears, fulfills all your deepest dreams, draws you into community, fills your needs (but not in the way you thought He would). What would it look and feel like for you to be there? Can you see the light shining into this dark place you are in? Take the steps and watch it happen."