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February 19, 2019

Incorporating Future Leaders into your Church Plant

By New Churches Team

Let’s Be Honest For a Minute …

There will most likely be people from other churches that will come and join your church plant. There will also most likely be very highly capable leaders from other churches that will come and join your church plant. So, should you let new people—who once attended another church—begin serving in leadership positions in your church plant? 

In the beginning stages of a plant, we rejoice when others join our church who have a strong relationship with God and are willing to serve. In those circumstances, the temptation is to put these people in positions of leadership, like a life group leader or the head of ushering. However, it is important to remember that selection is vitally important. Who you select and who you start with makes a big difference.

Incorporating Future Leaders into Your Church Plant

Here are four points to consider when you incorporate future leaders into your church plant.

Establish your membership process.

The beauty of having your membership process in place is that you can ask potential leaders to go through your membership process before they start serving. It will also help them to get to know the church more.  If a potential leader is not willing to go through the process, then this may be a warning sign of other things to come.

1. Get to know your potential future leaders.

It is important to put in the time and effort to get to know your potential future leaders. If you are willing to give significant areas of ministry away to a person, then you need to take the time to get to know them—to hear their story and to observe how they interact with others in a public setting.

2. Remember that there are many ways to serve.

There are many opportunities for potential leaders to serve that are not directly in leadership, such as in the parking lot or handing out bulletins. As they get to know the ethos of the church and you are more familiar with them, other opportunities to serve and lead will come up.  If they are unwilling to serve in non-leadership positions, then this may also be a warning sign. Beware of people who are willing to pick up a title before picking up a towel.

3. Communication is key.

It is important to communicate what you are doing and why. If a person is a leader, they are going to expect to lead. You can affirm your future high capacity leaders by recognizing their past experiences and you can communicate to them that you are happy that they are a part of your church. Help them to understand that the church has a leadership pipeline and that a part of serving in non-leadership roles is to help them see you and you see them.

4. Matching Postures

In the end, remember that we want to come from a posture of development. We want to help develop peoples’ God-given gifts and talents. At the same time, we want to ensure that our future leaders are coming with a posture of serving—using their gifts and service to Christ.


Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 320: Consider These Points when Choosing Leaders for your Church Plant. Click here to subscribe and listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.



New Churches Team

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