Almost 2 months ago now, we launched our 7th church plant, BridgePoint Church, but for me it was the first one I was a part of from beginning through the launch. With that said, I just wanted to post some things I’ve learned up to this point going through the process:
- There is no set process that works everywhere. Even the best ideas and models have to be adjusted to fit the context.
- Although church planting is the ‘in thing’ to do right now, it’s hard work. If there was ever a ministry position that is not glamorous (and really none are), church planting would be at the top of the ‘non-glamorous’ list.
- Although church planting is hard work, there should still be strategy and vision. Communicating vision to your launch team is the fuel that drives their work ethic.
- Knowing who you are and who you’re reaching will save you a lot of frustration in the long run.
- It seems to be more effective planting with a handful of dedicated church members and building the church with new believers then sending 150 church members to start a church.
Well, that’s all for now. I’ll continue to post things as I discover them! Remember, always be a life-long learner – we will never know it all!!
In case you’re wondering what exactly our process for planting is, you can check it out here.