HOW TO KILL YOUR CHURCH PLANT

  • Don't waste time assessing for character in choosing church planters.
  • Fail to remind planters to major in the majors.
  • Pressure the planter to start too soon.
  • Start without a rehearsed committed team that doesn't know one another, who aren't prepared to welcome others nor do any task together. Relationships and trust are not present.
  • Forget your (Episcopal) tribe - people see something from another non-Episcopal venue and try to implant it into the local scene. This can stop future church planting in the diocese as well.
  • Planter preferring publicity to doing personal recruiting.
  • Forget that Evangelism is always based in relationships.
  • Leave land selection worry to the planter. Spend too much time chasing land rather than developing the community. (Putting money into program and staff in early years to develop the community can delay this drive for land.)
  • Make them do everything this week.
  • Determine type of church being planted without checking out reality of vision to demographics and vision of God.
  • Allow planter be too busy for church councils and collegiality; and fail to check out with area clergy to gain support.
  • Allow planter to stay a one-person band.
  • Bend the vision to please others: Don't stand up for and by your planter.
  • Act as if Christendom is still where the culture is.
  • No planning or comprehensive vision by bishop or diocese.
  • Under-fund the strategy and don't appreciate financial realities.
  • Under-staff the plan.
  • Call a planter not gifted to plant.
  • No one responsible in particular (or make the bishop have full responsibility).
  • Think church planting is simple and a no-brainer.
  • Hold unrealistic, unstated or conflicting expectations of what this Episcopal Church will look like.
  • Allow that planter doesn't have to live in the community.
  • Do it cheap or free. (It will cost more later.)
  • Locate a new plant in a low visible site because of cheap land.


 
     
 

 CHURCH PLANTING: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED | THE PLANTING PROCESS
NEW CHURCH PLANTING MODELS | HOW TO KILL YOUR CHURCH PLANT

 

SECTIONS OF THIS REPORT

· Church Planting: What Have We Learned
· The Planting Process
· New Church Planting Models
· How to Kill Your Church Plant


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