Sometimes God calls us to serve in a culture that is unlike our own. Navigating multicultural church planting can feel overwhelming and isolating. The expectations of serving those whose lives look different from our own can leave us feeling as though we don’t measure up. Andreina Fasolino joins me today to share how she has learned to manage expectations and grow closer to Christ while planting a multicultural church.
1. When planting a multicultural church, understand there may be very different expectations of you in a different culture and you may not be able to meet all of them.
2. You are not alone in the planting journey. God wants to teach you and grow you as you teach others.
“They expect the pastor’s wife to be there in everything, doing everything. But at the moment, I had to also teach them in love and God helped me do that. First of all, we were church planting, we were just starting. I also had a child and my second one was on the way. I had to let them know that I loved to serve them and loved to do a lot of things, but I knew what God had called me to do and that’s not to do everything.”
— Andreina Fasolino
“I took time to connect with other church planter’s wives through going to a gathering and joining a Facebook group. I’m gonna take time to listen to podcasts about this, and I’m gonna see how others feel. There was a moment that I understood I wasn’t alone and that we all face the same expectation in different circumstances. That’s when I took the decision to go back to my calling, what God was calling me to do, and my identity in Him.”
— Andreina Fasolino
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