When you’re planting a church, there are four key questions people are sub-consciously asking as you interact with them:
Networking can be hard work, especially when you’re in an area that is filled with skeptical and wounded people. Here are some ideas on gathering your first 50 people(referenced from Coaching Church Planters by Steve Nicholson & Jeff Bailey):
o Seek a “Fishing License” from the mother church or sponsoring churches in the region to ask members of their churches to become ‘missionaries’ to your community. A Fishing license allows you to drop a line into their membership and take new mission minded Christians on your journey.
o Ask the Spirit to go out before you and open doors of opportunity with people. Ask Him to send you to people he has been preparing.
o You have to go out and get people. This is the most important thing. You can’t wait for them to come to you—they won’t. Your preaching, as good as it might be, is not going to be the gathering tool you think it might be.
o Do everything as humanly possible to make connections, re-connections with people you have networked, and build relationships with them. Be creative.
o Put all your time and energy into gathering people you have “Networked.”
o To get to your first 50 people, you must prioritize your time almost exclusively on gathering. Plan for those meetings, large or small.
o Write down how many people you can meet in a week. Pray for contacts and for favor with them.
Once you have your first 50, you can cut your time in half. Use half of your time to care, teach, train some of them to gather and manage whom you have and the other half to go out and gather the next 50.
Remember, you are personally responsible to gather the first 50 people. When you get them, you are responsible for the next 50 people too!
The primary goal is building relationships with people—spending time together, laughing, enjoying life together, answering questions they may have, eating, playing games, going places together, etc. Do NOT use people to accomplish your goals!
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For many Church Planters, the boundaries between work and ministry (church plant) are very blurred. If your office is at home this is accentuated. But, if you do not plan the use of your time someone else will.
Many Church Planters do not have a personality type that is highly structured. They have to live by the motto — Semper Gumbie — “Always Flexible.” And they like it that way. One of the many struggles in planting a church is the lack of structure. If you have come from an established church, with staff and staff meetings, elders meetings, team meeting, and reporting, the transition to solo Planter with no weekly commitments might be a real challenge.
Managing your time and life is a stewardship issue. It is important for us to make the most of every opportunity in our life and invite the people we are leading, evangelizing, discipling, teaching, and encouraging to become better stewards of their lives as well.
7 Time Thieves
In Gospel Coach, Scott Thomas and I describe the following list of things that will rob your time:
1. Personal interruptions
2. Phone calls and text messages
3. E-mail barrages
4. Message alerts and phone ringers
5. Short attention spans
6. Social media
7. Your daily energy cycles
We don't really “save time” because time keeps on ticking on into the future. However, you can try some of the following:
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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!