I wish there were only 5 things I wish I would’ve been told as a new church planting team. I could probably list hundreds but I’m only going to share 5 more. What follows are the last 5 of the 10 things I wish we would’ve known as a church planting team. If you missed the first 5, you can find them HERE.
Relationships must be scalable.
The culture created on a planting team often foster strong relationships. You will spend a significant amount of time together in the early days. However, as God moves people toward His vision for this new church there will be new people to love and disciple. After all, that is what you are praying toward. Relationships within the team must be scalable to sustain the spreading of discipleship responsibilities. This is a beautiful thing and yet something that is often difficult for a team who has created a rhythm of spending considerable time praying together and developing deep community. Build relationships that can withstand the transition of on-boarding new people.
Church planting is all hands on deck, but not at the expense of all hands.
The demands of planting are undeniable. The planting team must serve in many areas of the church. But, the journey must still be one of spiritual growth and not burnout. A steady flow of communication with the team, and especially the planting pastor, is vital to the ongoing spiritual health of the core and the church.
Take initiative and talk about it every step of the way.
The planting team must own the vision. Take the initiative to serve the vision with the gifts and passions God has given. Don’t wait on a planting pastor to assign you a task. Be willing to step out in areas of need. But, never step out before you talk about your desires with the planter and the team. Maverick team members can fracture the health of your infant church.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
You are stepping on new ground. You don’t even know what questions to ask if you have no idea what lies ahead. Seek the wisdom of those who have traveled the path upon which you now embark. Receive their wisdom as experience-tested wisdom.
Your legacy will outlast your residency.
The vision may begin with you but it will not end with you. Rejoice in knowing our sovereign God will use your investment long after He takes you into new seasons of life. Your time here is bigger than your imagination will ever reach. You are an ambassador for His Kingdom through the vision of your local church. Your legacy is not dependent upon how long you are present nor even how long the church exists. Rejoice in the fruit He will bring!
I love church planting and I love that Crossings Community is all about planting churches. Every planting journey is unique and I pray that my 12+ years may have produced some wisdom that will encourage those praying for planters, those planting churches, and those discerning the call toward planting.