I read that in 1948 George de Mestral was out on a hike. As he returned home he noticed his pants were covered with burrs from Burdock plants. Being an avid inventor he began to look into the burrs stuck in his pants. Under the microscope he found his answer.
He saw that the burrs had many stiff hooks. These hooks in turn hooked themselves on the loops of the fabric of his pants. Eureka! From there Mestral had the brilliant idea of designing a two-sided fastener. One side full of hooks while the other had soft loops just like the fabric of his pants.
He named his new invention Velcro, coined from the words velour (soft woven fabric) and crochet (a hooked needle). Today Velcro is used for just about anything. From garments, sports, travel, aerospace, engineering, medicine, education, the applications are endless.
Church planting is very much like Velcro. Church planting helps those with tender hearts to be hooked in right relationships helping them walk strong with God.
Vital hooks/relationships God uses in a church planter to be faithful and fruitful include:
- God and His Word
- Your wife (if you’re married)
- Your children (if you’re a parent)
- Lost people
- Local pastors
- Your local Baptist association
- State conventions
- Church planting networks
When planting, a church thinks relationships.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12