Perhaps the greatest contribution to society that Oklahoma has and ever will make is QuickTrip. All it takes is one trip outside the state to discover this truth. My oldest son lives in LA. He has the beach, mountains, Disneyland, and Hollywood. But, he’ll be the first to tell you how much he misses QT.
I love their business model. They don’t want you to drive more than a square mile without running into a QT. I’m often asked, “Why start another church?” After all, we live in Jesus Disneyland. I used to ask the same question and then God took me to the mat. “So, what you’re saying Brad is there are enough Christ followers and we should ease up a bit?” Ouch! There’s no such thing as “too many churches.” That’s why I want to implement the QT Church planting model. Nobody should be able to drive more than a square mile without running into a church. Every Sunday 60,000 people (within a 5 mile radius of our church) get up and decide to mow their lawn instead of go to church.
13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:13-14
The goal of Connection Church is to turn that highway into a dirt road! Sunday we got a chance to do just that. About a month ago I met Jason Fitch. He moved here from Pennsylvania with 32 other people to start Freedom Valley Church. That is one of the craziest things I have ever heard. This guy is all in. We found out they didn’t have a truck to haul their stuff (they’re a mobile church). We have a 24 ft truck that we have been trying to sell for the past year. I clearly heard God say, “Give them the truck.” So that’s what we did (about $8,000 – $10,000). We may not be able to start a church yet, but we sure as heck can help one get started. As long as I am the pastor of this church we will always be about starting new churches.
Another thought: What if we actually put a QT in the church? Now that would be off the chain! The only downside would be that I would have to preach in Khaki shorts.