The Gospel is a mission. As a Church Planter, you are Gospel sent. Jesus has sent you to a city, a context, and a people. So, it’s time to start meeting people and networking in your new community.
Developing Contacts in Your New Community
It’s day one — the first day on the job as Mr. Church Planter. The books are all unpacked and the office is pretty much set up. The kids are in their schools. You know where the grocery store and the doctors are. You are now officially a new Church Planter in your community. Now what do you do? Be careful, what comes natural might take over if you are not intentional in this area.
What you need to do is start Networking in the community and city. Find the ways in which lines of relationships are made. One Church Planter, who spent enormous amounts of time meeting with people in the community, was asked more than once, “Dave, are you running for mayor?”
In every community there are strategic people, “gatekeepers” or “tribal leaders.” Who are the strategic people in your community?
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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!