Are You a Church Plant?

Posted: February 10, 2008 in Church Leadership, Random

Does your attendance change by 100 people in one week?  Do you have to quit your partnership (membership) class early because the band wants to use the room?  Do you office out of an Irish Pub from time to time?  Do you have your best offering one week, then follow it up with your worst ever?

If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions you are probably a church planter.  However, what is bad for a church planter is great for a church.  It makes you find the best way to do something, not the easiest.  In fact, one of our “best practices” is never choose easy over right.  It basically means that if it’s easy it’s probably not the best way to do it.

My question isn’t so much whether or not you are a church planter, your salary probably will clear that up for you.  The question I ponder sometimes, is when do you cease to be a church plant?  My opinion is that when you have a building you are no longer a church plant, but it doesn’t mean you automatically have to start acting differently.

One of the things that differentiates a church planter/plant from an established church is whether or not you are still creative, tenaciously reaching lost people, evaluating the systems and methods you use, and making sure you are never comfortable.  Are you?

I once overheard a personal trainer telling a client that if you are an athlete you are always and athlete.  People just don’t lose that inherit desire to compete, stay in shape, feel healthy, and work hard easily.  A church planter that “arrives” when they get a building will never lose their entrepreneurial spirit if its really in their blood.

Are you a church planter?  Don’t rush to get a building and tempt yourself to get lazy and fat.  You might not, but being portable isn’t a bad thing…it just makes it harder to do the right thing.  Are you an athlete, then remember what it felt like to be in shape and see that six-pack?  Is your business established?  Get back into that mode when you were hanging on for your very survival.  Those tactics will probably result in a new wave of business.

In the same way preaching from John 3:16 more then once isn’t bad, neither is remembering how and where you started.

  1. Mark Garland says:

    You could have not said it better. People think that when they get a building of their own to hold church meetings in that they can just go with the flow. Being portable has its challenges, but that is what makes it fun and different. Yes, being stressed out can also be fun. I don’t know what we would do if we had a building with everything already set up and nothing to do at 6am. Man, I do love what we do.

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