Lessons I Am Learning as a Church Planter

Posted: July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

I was thinking today about some of the lessons I have been learning over the past few months since planting Freedom Fellowship. Thought I would share the top 10.
1. The book of Acts is the best blueprint for church planting that exists! I have read several books on church planting. Most focus on methods and strategy but the blueprint in the book of Acts is completely about what happens to a church when the Holy Spirit is in charge. I’m in!
2. Planting a church is much harder work than I thought. In fact, I am finding it to be much harder work than it was being a megachurch pastor.
3. I can’t let myself get too high or too low. Numbers are up, numbers are down. People come, people go. Successes happen and so do failures. I can’t let myself get too caught up in all that.
4. Spiritual warfare increased when I stepped out in faith to plant a church. The devil hates it when something significant is happening for the kingdom of God. I have seen more direct attacks in recent months than in many years of ministry.
5. God is always faithful. People aren’t always so faithful. Thank God He has given me a bunch of people who are!
6. My plans and programs can’t hold a candle to what happens when the Holy Spirit shows up and does His work.
7. Planting a church can sometimes make you feel isolated from other pastors and leaders.
8. Praying for the work and getting others praying for the work is not optional. Prayers really do make a difference!
9. People will surprise you. Many people I was confident would be part of supporting the work financially and/or be part of the church plant have said no; while others I didn’t know well or wasn’t so sure about have been incredibly supportive and involved.
10. Church planting is really fun! I am having a blast! It’s so exciting to see God build a new work.

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Comments
  1. Adam Young says:

    I was part of three church plants in a row – two that had already been established for a couple of years, and one that I helped plant from the ground up. I agree with all of your points. It is hard work, takes a lot of prayer and patience with people, but it is a very rewarding, eye-opening, faith-testing, God-trusting adventure. I will keep praying for you and your church!

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