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January 20, 2021

Succeeding in Church Planting

By New Churches Team

Setting Your Priorities

Most church planters are not successful because they lead the opposite of Jesus. In the Gospels, we see Jesus often trying to get away from large groups of people. He would actively seek out smaller groups of leaders. Church planters, on the other hand, often try to get away from leaders to instead be with the crowd. As a church planter, it is important for you to prioritize your time so that you are spending it in ways that provide the highest kingdom return on investment. 

Jesus didn’t make himself available to everyone all the time. He was intentional about developing a few, leading himself, and nurturing himself then he made himself available to the masses. There is an order to that sequence, and church planters should apply it to their own calendars. If you don’t plan your day and week, your week and day will plan you. So be proactive in setting your priorities and planning your calendar around them. You should be initiating ministry, not reacting to ministry.

Create Process-Oriented Goals

You should set process-oriented goals. Those are habit-oriented goals. The great thing about process-oriented goals is that you can feel successful regardless of what the scoreboard is doing, if you are being faithful to the process. Live according to your priorities, maximize your time, and do things with excellence. The numbers may ebb and flow, but as long as you are being faithful to the process, you will find success. If you are doing your part of the process, you can leave the rest to the Holy Spirit. 

Raising Up Leaders

When raising up leaders, you need to always look at the four Cs. We get in trouble when we overemphasize one of these at the neglect of the others. You must evaluate your leaders in all four areas.

  1. Character – Are they coachable? How do they respond to being told no? 

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New Churches Team

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