As you consider your calling, consider replanting a dying church.
I heard it again. This time from a pastor who remarked that we don’t need church plants because we have great churches here. This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard this claim, and it won’t be the last. It’s a good reminder that we must continually cast the vision for why new churches are needed in the Bible Belt.
When people ask me why I am a rural church planter or ask what good can come from Arma, my response is always the same: "Come and see."
If I were to give a potential church planter some advice for that season in their process of planting, I would encourage them in the following ways . . .
Good churches should add “church starting” to the list of ingredients that define their health.
When we talk about multiplication, we mean that churches have a process to discover, develop, and deploy church planting teams from the inside.
As a denomination, my tribe has a history that is a mixed bag when it comes to how churches get planted and the effectiveness of those plants. I believe we are turning a corner with our approach.
Your ministry is not about endless growth and it certainly isn’t about your fame; it’s about the difficult task of loving and caring for the sheep Jesus has sought and purchased.
Maybe the best way to reach young adults, and by reach I really mean attract, transform, and equip, is to plant and lead un-millennial churches.
Our spiritual poverty teaches us to depend upon the true Grower and to wait on Him to do the growing in His time.
How can you plant a church if you don’t actually know what a church is?
Church planting wives need to have the light of God’s Word shine on their various blessings and burdens.
The most significant force in the revitalization of any local church is the ongoing ministry of the Word of God Sunday after Sunday.
After a year of teaching and a trip to Jerusalem by Paul and Barnabas to clarify the doctrine of salvation concerning the Gentiles (commonly known as the Jerusalem Council), this almost 2-year-old church was ready to begin its mission . . .
While we can't clone what is taking place in the biblical book of Acts, we can seek to learn its pattern.
The first thing we should say about a church-planting church is that it has been purified in the crucible of difficulty.
Historically, great things happen when churches link arms.
Escape the hoopla and step into the long view of planting by planting through shepherding.
Church planters, study and value the past. It’s the path to the future.
Men who pursue planting churches should do so only after putting in the time to develop a pastor's heart.
Our church planting strategy? Take our three-year-old church of 84 members and send half of them out.
Church membership may not seem very important at the outset of a church plant. But at some point in the process, the congregation will need to know who “they” are, so that they can fulfill the biblical commands for the church.
The best place to repair an airplane is on the ground. This minimizes moving parts, leaves less room for error, and removes the almost certain fatal result if the repair goes wrong. But mission never stops and in the real world this is often not an option.
How can church planters help their wives navigate the church planting process well?
Discerning a call to plant a church presents a great challenge. I have been blessed to network with church planters and coach them through discerning their call. The conversation inevitably arrives at a question very similar to this: “I've got this vision that I know God has given me, but I keep asking ‘How do I know when it is time to go?’"
All church planting wives start as generalists. We are children’s ministry coordinators, counselors, graphic designers, web managers, worship leaders, hostesses, and the primary sounding board for the church planter. Multiply this work times years of church planting, and it can make for one exhausted woman. I know, because I was one.
Church planter, your calling is to dynamically love your family as you lead your church family.
Never go it alone.
Jesus likely won’t take you through a cardiac arrest or another near death experience, but I wonder what he might do in and through more dead pastors.
Church planting reminds us that we are feeble, weak creatures, but we are banking on the words which Jesus spoke to His disciples and to us - "I am with you always."
When God burdens a preacher for a people group, a neighborhood, or a block, it’s right for that preacher to go and become all things to all people so that he might save some.
In the midst of it all, brothers and sisters, do not forget to follow up with those the Lord has providentially guided to your church on any given Sunday.
Why should a planter be a missionary?
We miss out when we fail to act our age. So, take a long range perspective of your church’s journey, and fight for the joy of this particular season in the life of your church.
Your church doesn't need to be preoccupied with vision; it needs to be serious about the Bible.
The point in Scripture is never the location or size of the gathering, but the purpose and activity of the gather.
Pastor, you are justified by your faith, not by your church plant.
We need more partnerships between churches, and we need more churches. Working together to plant churches is a biblical way to fulfill the cooperative commission to make disciples.
In the last 7 years I have planted 2 churches directly, led our church in planting 2 stateside churches, and helped coach and train dozens of church planters. I have learned many things along the way. Today I want to make 3 crucial suggestions for church planters.
There’s so much that I do not know about planting a church. But those things I do, I will commit to with all the heart and passion which I can muster and which the Spirit so graciously supplies.
We are a little over one year into this journey of being bi-vocational. Here are 3 perks that I have found come from bi-vocational church planting . . .
A year into church planting: it's hard and it's wonderful. And I don't want to be doing anything else.