Nick Bultman’s plan for planting a church in Hobart’s northern suburbs currently requires 12 months of coffee.
A job at a Tasmanian café is helping him build up his knowledge of the community he hopes to reach.
“We're spending the year listening and learning and trying to get a feel for this working class part of Hobart,” Nick says.
“It's tempting to jump in straight away but we want to make sure we get off on the right foot.”
Nick says waiting will be their greatest spiritual test for the next twelve months.
His wife Bronwyn and he are building a support team that will focus on the suburb of Glenorchy.
“We have 50 people committed to pray for us every day. We also have support and encouragement from the leaders of Vision 100, the church planting network in Tasmania.”
Nick’s says his patience is fuelled by a long-term conviction that church planting is the only thing for him.
“It's been on the agenda since the earliest days of my Christian life. Over time it's become something I couldn't get away from. For me there's nothing else I can do with my life.”
The short-term struggles fade by comparison.
“I've been reminded that part of following Jesus is being willing to make sacrifices,” he says.
“The joy and humility of the Apostle Paul in hardship really stands out to me in this respect.”
Nick Bultman was approved as a church planter by The Geneva Push after the 2009 In The Chute conference at Collaroy.
He will receive coaching and support leading up to the day he launches and for the first two years of the church plant.