Interview with Pete Wilson: Plan B
By Jeff Goins, Editor
Pete Wilson is the author of Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? and pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. This is an interview we recently did with him about his new book (and some other stuff):
Pete Wilson: The book was originally a sermon series I did at our church. The response was massive and continued on well after the series ended. That’s when I knew I needed to dog deeper into this topic.
WRECKED: Do you have a Plan B story? If so, what is it?
PW: I believe life is full of Plan B’s and I have faced many. Whether it was when my wife and I lost a baby or when I wasn’t sure I could face another day in ministry, I have definitely faced quite a few of them.
WRECKED: Being a pastor, what is one of the most heart-breaking “Plan B” stories you have heard… and what is one of the most uplifting ones?
PW: I have listened to stories that you wouldn’t believe. There are so many people who need hope and that’s why I wrote this book. The best stories are the ones when someone places their faith in who God is and not his current
activity in their life.
WRECKED: Why do you think this happens? Where is God in our dashed hopes and broken dreams? Is this somehow part of his plan?
PW: The book deals a lot with this statement right here: God is more powerfully present, even when he seems to be apparently absent. Do we place our faith in who God is? Or what God is currently doing?
WRECKED: Living in Nashville and helping out after the recent flood, how have you seen recent examples of “Plan B” in action?
PW: The entire flood was a Plan B. No one was ready for it or expected it. As much as 90% didn’t have flood insurance. Every place we looked we saw a Plan B. It was our chance to be the church and show people why the church exists. To give hope to the hopeless and help to the ones that need it.
WRECKED: You’ve got a pretty popular blog called Without Wax, you pastor CrossPoint Church in Nashville (and surrounding campuses), and hang out at some big events like Catalyst… where else can people find you and connect with you?
PW: Well I have my speaking schedule on my blog, so if you really want to know where I will be you are more than welcome to check that out. The best place to connect is on Twitter (@pwilson). I love the dialogue that Twitter
allows and would welcome anyone to find me on there. Other than that, I am with my family and please don’t try and find me there. Ha.
WRECKED: Do you have any plans or ideas for another book?
PW: I am currently working on another book, but it’s too early to let you guys know anything. I’m not even sure!
WRECKED: What’s next for you? What is God doing in you personally or in your ministry in this season?
PW: Things are going well. I’m so blessed and continue to learn new things all the time. We just opened up a new campus at our church and are excited to see how God is going to move in that area.
For more on the book, read an article Pete wrote for Michael Hyatt’s blog: Why Plan B Is Your Greatest Opportunity As a Leader. And check out an early book review of Plan B.
Jeff graduated from Illinois College, a small liberal arts school, with a degree in Spanish and Religion. He lives in Nashville, TN. He works for Adventures in Missions, edits Wrecked, and loves to do new things. Check out his personal blog: Pilgrimage of the Heart.