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