Church Planting 101

A huge thanks to Leila Disburg for sending me to a Church Planting 101 conference at the East Ohio conference. Some of the highlights:

  • Affinity is everything. How & where did you grow up? What’s happened in your life that God’s redeemed and now others will relate to you through that? Bad plants are usually a mismatch between a planter and their affinity/mission field
  • The #1 responsibility of a church planter is to put people in seats
  • Don’t launch until there’s critical mass – have enough people to run a service week in and week out
  • Attraction is the old wine skin – that worked when church & culture were identical – we could build something and they’d come
  • Now, relationships lead to invitation
  • In church planting, no matter how good your vision is, people don’t hear it the way you want them to
  • By 2050, there will be no majority population
  • Most churches don’t reflect their mission field
  • The people right outside the church aren’t reflected inside the church
  • As a church planter, you have the blessing & responsibility of being the DNA and mission field that connects most to you
  • Every church casts a shadow in its community (in a good way!) – how far does your shadow reach?
  • Are you a pastor who plants a church…or a church planter who pastors a church?
One of the best learnings:
Pastors have to develop a tough skin because they have so many difficult decisions – they lose vulnerability with others – many end up losing vulnerability with God

3 thoughts on “Church Planting 101

  1. Thanks for sharing some of the content of your conference here. I’m curious to hear you say more about the last bullet-point: “Are you a pastor who plants a church…or a church planter who pastors a church?”thanks much…

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  2. Guy – We spent a lot of time reflecting on our personal leadership styles. Most leaders fall somewhere between apostolic tendencies and pastoral tendencies. Most church planters lean towards the apostolic side. But both types can be church planters – the pastoral type just needs a good context that fits them.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this. I am a church planter from St. Paul, MN and I needed to be reminded of these facts. Especially: # Most churches don't reflect their mission field# The people right outside the church aren't reflected inside the church# As a church planter, you have the blessing & responsibility of being the DNA and mission field that connects most to you

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