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9 Things I Would Tell A Church Planter

  1. Be careful of church planting scientists.   Learning everything everyone else has done has benefits, but this can also be dangerous.   God is calling you to begin a new let it be new. Walk in faith and be very careful of those that will pressure you to walk in presumption. 
  2. Only say what you are doing and explain why.  If you do things differently churched people will ask you why you're not doing what you're not doing.  Don't fall into the trap of answering that - it creates a lot more work and confusion. 
  3. Be prepared to have people you thought were with you, leave.  And don't be surprised if they don't leave quietly.
  4. You will have to take massive steps of faith if you want to see God work out the vision He's placed in you.  If you are not at a point where you can take these, rethink planting.
  5. Plant a church in a community, not your head.  Every community is different and thus will require you to live out eternal truths in unique ways.  If you move to a new place and try to force everything into a structure in your head, you will probably fail.
  6. Invest in a few rather than seeking to attract many.  You are building a culture and in order to do that it's far better to have a few people really get it than a mass that sort of do.
  7. There will be times when you will wonder if you're the only one that actually believes in what you're doing.  People will come along in time and will ultimately help shape the vision, but some need to see and be a part of it for a period of time before they'll understand.
  8. Learn from criticism.  You will be criticized, people will question you and will even leave with wrong assumptions about what you are doing or what you value.  Learn from this.  Don't get bitter at them, God uses these situations to sharpen your vision and especially how you articulate it.  
  9. Give people you trust a voice into the vision.  Your vision will shape over time and these people will help shape it.  Plus, they will have better thoughts than you.  


  1. God's timing is perfect. Thank you,Chuck! We are doing a legacy church plant. Many of your tips are amplified by the 20 folks of the legacy congregation. My plant team and I are huddling this weekend for our 9 mo assessment and planning. Our first preview service is Sep 22nd.
    I'll be sure to bring these tips along.

  2. Hey Bro! Great thoughts. I appreciate them and agree with them. Take care hommie.


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