What I’ve Learned About Church Planting

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.

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