Episode 51: Shawn Lovejoy and Core Groups


In Episode 51 of the New Churches Q&A Podcast, we continue with our 5 Days of Essential Church Planting Week.

This means that everyday this week, we will be showcasing one of the lectures from our Essential Church Planting course  and giving you the opportunity to purchase Essential Church Planting with a special deal that will change everyday this week.

Today, we will be learning about Developing Your Core Group from Shawn Lovejoy, who is the Directional Leader of CourageToLead.com, Formerly the Founding and Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church, Directional Leader of ChurchPlanters.com and the Velocity Conference, Church Planter, and Author.

And if you purchase today, April 5, by 11:59 pm CST, you will get a New Churches moleskin notebook, pen, AND 10% off the purchase price by using the promo code that we mention during the podcast.


Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “We need all the coaching and support that we can get, and we can’t do this by ourselves.”
  • “Be the culture that you want to build.”
  • “Who is the very first core group member? You are!”
  • “The first 10 people will reflect the first 100 people.”
  • “As you’re selecting core group members, you may have to deselect core group members to preserve the culture of your church.”
  • “Protect your church from vision hijackers.”
  • “Pay attention to the law of thirds in your core group: 1/3 mature Christians, 1/3 baby Christians, and a 1/3 of your core group should be pagans.”
  • “Be careful what you plant, you may have to pastor it one day.”
  • “Be everywhere that people are.”

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