This weekend I have 3-friends launching their churches & as I’ve talked to all of them over the last month I’ve been able to humbly share some of the things we’ve learned along the way over the past few months. In no particular order, here are the Top 5 Things I’ve Learned as a Church Planter…so far.
1) Things Rarely Go As Expected. When we first started we had what we thought was a creative marketing campaign that we believed would see huge results & those huge results were about 10 people. We had a family day right before our launch that we thought might have 200 people and we ended up with over 500! For better or worse, things rarely go as expected and learning to embrace this early will help you and your team be prepared for anything.
2) Do what God has called you to do well & don’t worry about what others might be doing wrong. We had it all figured out before we ever started. We were convinced we knew exactly what do & how to do it. Before long, we realized we were talking more about what we thought other churches were doing wrong instead of putting our energy into to figuring out how we could do what God called us to do well. Your accountable for the church God has given you so stay focused, do your thing well and if you want to talk about other churches, talk about the ones who are doing much better than you & set your standards higher.
3) It’s hard to argue with love. Centerpoint set out with the desire to do things differently. Anytime you do something different people will talk, rumors will spread and your patience will be tested. We had some crazy stuff said about us when we first started but over time much of it has died down. Why? Because we love people & when you show that love, it’s hard for people to argue. Love wins!
4) People will come & people will go – Get used to it. In the beginning it was hard not to take it personal when someone visited Centerpoint, told us how much they loved it & then we never saw them again. This has happened to us more times than I care to admit in our early life as a church but after a while you realize that your church really won’t be for everyone and that’s ok. Save yourself from all the mind games. Learn now not to take this personal and continue to do what God has called you to do, the way He called you to do it.
5) Money will always be a hot button. Whether we have a lot or a little, I am learning that the management of Centerpoint’s finances is always something at the forefront of my mind. We’re still in the early stages of our church plant so we just want to make sure that a) we are budgeting with good stewardship & b) we want to make sure that our budget gets covered. I have several other pastor friends well beyond the planting stages. They have large churches with large budgets & they still want the exact same thing we do. Pray some trustworthy people onto your team who are wise, Godly individuals who understand the vision of the church & the balance between faith & business.
Here are links to my friends churches. Please keep them in your prayers: