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going to meet initially, and for how long each time? At what pace do you want to work through each phase? We’ve put together a suggested plan of attack (at the end of the next chapter), but feel free to modify this according to your circumstances. And finally, to make best use of this book, and to answer the Big Question most effectively for your own context, keep bathing the whole process in prayer. We’ll keep reminding you about this at various points, because we strongly suspect that you’re like us and every Christian leader we’ve ever known—prayer gets squeezed out by the pressures and busyness of church life. All Christian ministry, including the project on which we’re about to embark, should take its cue from Paul’s summary of his ministry in Colossians 1:28-29: Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. We need to keep praying for Christ’s energy to work powerfully within us, for his Spirit to guide us as we think and plan, and for God to give the growth as we devise new ways of planting and watering. Review copy—not for distribution. THE BI G Q U EST ION TVP-2016-txt-ART.indd 23 23 16/03/2016 6:46 PM