Church Planters are entrusted with many resources, but the greatest resource you have is the hard-earned wisdom of fathers and brothers who have already made mistakes that have real consequences. Learn from them.
Leadership Journal did a survey and found that the average Church Plant in the USA started with only 43 people. The average size of a Church Plant in the USA after three years is 98 people, total. Critical mass is context specific. One Church Planter did a survey in his context and found that the average size of a protestant church was 30 people. Your church’s birth will be contextual, but also should be determined by viability.
You are granted the freedom to fail. But try not to fail because you were impatient. If you are going to risk so much on Church Planting, go make bold, new mistakes! Don’t make the mistakes we made a decade ago. That’s just plain dumb. When you make mistakes, make sure they are ones that bring more glory to Jesus!
As we think about building a Launch Team for your Church Plant, we’ll consider 3 basic ways to gather people. Generally, we discourage the term “Core Groups” and encourage “Launch Teams” because we want to see God forming Gospel-centered teams committed to the proclamation and practice of the Word, living out mission and living in community.
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At CMM, we believe every pastor, church planter, ministry leader, and missionary is created to thrive in ministry. We suggest getting a Gospel Coach to help walk with you through the challenges you’ve never faced before. A Gospel Coach will help encourage and equip you every step along the way.
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Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!