SEVEN THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT CHURCH PLANTING

After being involved in several church plants at various levels, I still feel the urge to go plant another one. I am not sure If I still have the stamina that I had during my earlier years, but the desire is still there. Every time I talk to a church planter, my heart is ignited. I am excited to see how God works in a fresh way each time in every new setting.

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  1. Confirm your calling

Because of the challenging nature of church planting, it is vital that you solidify your calling. The entire family needs to be on the same page with your committment to being a church planter. If one person is unsure, that becomes the weak link that you struggle with for the entire church plant.

  1. Have a clear vision

There needs to be a clear view of what you want the church to be like. What are the most important values that you have? How will those values be worked out in the ministry that you do? Allow your values to impact your outreach, caring, and leadership.

  1. Money follows vision

I heard this great and empowering statement from Steve Nicholson: “Money follows vision”. People respond to a clear and definitive vision. When others detect a compelling vision in you and in your team, they respond with open hearts and open hands. I believe God is just like that. If you are planting without a vision and just setting up an “organization” just for the sake of it, people are not impressed, and God certainly is not. Therefore I affirm that “money follows vision.”

  1. Learn to embrace loneliness

Even with a strong church planting team with you, the life of a planter is a lonely task. You have a team, share the vision, and develop leaders, but ultimately, you are responsible for the entire process. The risk is high, and that certainly leads to a sense of lonliness that others will not understand. Nevertheless, learn to embrace loneliness in your journey.

  1. Don’t fear the uncertain future; God is already there.

I like to work from the perspective that God has already seen the beginning to the end. The future is clearly in God’s view. Although our view is limited, we can lean heavily on him knowing that he sees much further ahead. So relax. God has already seen the future, and He is with you.

  1. Be a team player

Always develop a church planting team. The best option is to have a team go with you from the church you are being sent out of. But if for some reason that is not possible, develop a new team whever you are. Share your vision with every person you meet. Share it clearly and with a passion. Repeat your vision so often that you are mumbling it in your sleep. As you repeat your vision, God will draw the hearts of some who will come alongside you and share your vision.

  1. Spend your time for the broken and needy

Jesus came for those whose world is simply broken or shattered. Spend your time and efforts for such people. The broken are not only the poor. In every social and economic strata of socitey, brokenness is rampant. When you step into the lives of people, you begin to see how intense and how broad that brokenness is.

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, 1 December 2013. 4 Comments on SEVEN THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT CHURCH PLANTING. Category: Church Planting.

About Alexi George

Alexi is the pastor of Adoor Vineyard and an Associate Professor at Faith Theological Seminary, India. He blogs regularly on Leadership, Life, and Living Your Potential.

4 Comments

  1. I loved points 3 and 5.
    Helped me in my situation right now.. although not related to church planting 🙂

  2. thechark says:

    We were part of the first Vineyard church planting team in Canada – almost 29 years ago. Then 3 years later, my husband and I planted another Vineyard in a nearby city. Your # 1 point resonates the strongest with me. When the head winds/opposition comes – and it does – you absolutely need to know that you’re doing what God called you to do. If by ‘vision’ you’re referencing the values on which you’ll build, I’d agree. I know in those early days, we didn’t know what we were doing. But we were clear on the kingdom values we wanted to walk out. Money follows vision sounds western. I’m not sure many of the poor, humble and Godly pastors in many places in the world would agree with the reality of those 3 words. I love # 7. That was Jesus’ mandate – Is 61. We aren’t likely to get off track making that one front and centre in our activities. If I could add one – and put it near the top of the list, it would be to keep in step with the Holy Spirit. A church may or may not result through our ‘walk’, but I believe the Kingdom of God will break out, with joy, exuberance – and suffering. Still learning and I hope, growing. Thanks for your posts, Alexi.

    • Alexi George says:

      Thanks for the thoughtful comments. We’re constantly learning as we continue to plant more and help other planters. Their struggles are real, but when their vision and passion thrive, things happen.

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