Miles McPherson Reflects on Big Dreams, Billy Graham, and a Wealthy Christian Man as The Rock Church Turns 20

Miles McPherson pastors the Rock Church in San Diego, which reaches over 20,000 people every week. | Rogers & Cowan

When I was a kid in the 60s, it seemed that every American had a similar vision as to what the “good life” looked like: Go to college, get a job with a big company, and then ride that out for the rest of your career until they give you a gold watch, a check and a party.

Today, in the digital age, all that has been turned on its head. The new generation of Americans start stuff. We have 27 million entrepreneurs in America right now. That is a staggering number. The entire population of Australia is only 25 million. Going to work for somebody else seems to be on everybody’s Plan B or C list, not Plan A. Dreams and creativity are everywhere. That mindset is even shared by Christians who are also very entrepreneurial minded, and it has spiked the number of those starting ministries and churches. This is great news. I would like to offer a little piece of my experience to this new class of American Dreamers.

We started the Rock Church 20 years ago. As we celebrate our anniversary, I’m reflecting on being a young pastor who had the audacity to ask God to bless my efforts to start a church. I’m daily reminded of the fact that the Rock Church’s existence is a miracle of epic proportions.

The number of obstacles that came in the way of it becoming a reality could fill a book, from a lack of money, not being granted permits, having to win over city council, waiting on city leadership to decide whether a proposal of a new terminal at the San Diego International Airport would get in the way. It was six and a half long years of obstacle after obstacle to overcome. It was a lot like hacking our way through a jungle. And yet God kept saying, “Here, Miles. The church is going to go here.”

So what do you do when God gives you a vision, breathes life into it and then allows opposing forces to come against you?


“Well, that’s obvious,” you might say. But I am not talking about prayer as a supplement to your hard work. I am talking about hard work as a supplement to prayer. I am suggesting a paradigm shift. Prayer isn’t in the chariot. Prayer is the chariot.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Miles McPherson