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Why You Should Not Plant a Church

7_reasons_your_church_plant_might_fail_190307698Recently I co-taught a session at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures entitled, “Why You Should Not Plant a Church.” The title is a little tongue-in-cheek. We basically said one should not plant a church unless you are willing and able to face certain realities. There is nothing “sexy” about church planting.

Don’t plant a church unless:

  • You have spent a lot of time in prayer first.
  • God has clearly revealed to you His desire to use you in this way.
  • Your faith is mature and you are willing to continue to grow.
  • Your family is with you.
  • You are prepared to fight spiritual battles.
  • You are prepared for hard work.
  • You are committed to the vision God has given you.
  • You are prepared to manage your time effectively.
  • You are ready to experience disappointment, heartache, and pain.
  • You can handle freedom.
  • You are willing to grow.
  • You are prepared to meet people where they are.
  • You are passionate about developing relationships with non-Christians.
  • You are prepared to face opposition (even lose friends because of your convictions).
  • You are willing to face risk.
  • You are prepared to experience joy of changed lives.
  • You are ready for an adventure.

These are all based on my own personal experiences. Church planting is certainly not for everyone!

Which point speaks to you?

What else have you experienced and grown from?

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