by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke
We began a looking at a series of posts yesterday about “Bootstrapping” a Church Plant, and the lessons learned in doing so. (CLICK HERE FOR YESTERDAY’S POST)
Here are the next two lessons:
8. EXCEL: YOU’LL BE FORCED TO STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE, BUT NOT PERFECTION
If the bank account was overflowing and the monthly support checks were rolling in, you might be tempted to spend three times as much on a projector or sound system for a negligible increase in quality.
After all, you want your service to be perfect, right? Wrong.
As a bootstrapping church planter, you’re going to learn that getting everything perfect for Sunday is not your goal. (Even the attempt will drive you insane.) You’ll learn instead to strive for excellence by always doing the very best you can with what you have.
For example, if by chance Chris Tomlin isn’t available to lead your worship this week, don’t fret. Help your worship leader do his best; help him develop his abilities as he strives to become more like Christ. In every area, always be on the lookout for areas of improvement, but don’t let perfectionism sidetrack God’s calling for you and your church.
Why? Because no amount of money can make a system that is inherently bad any better. Money may mask the effects of a bad system for a while. After all, if you’ve got the funds available to hire a staff member to handle a broken assimilation or small groups system, those areas may appear healthy in the short term. But without a well-developed, scalable system in place, the cracks will begin showing soon enough.
Thankfully, as a bootstrapper, you’ll be forced to hone in on making your systems highly efficient so you can maximize every ounce of ministry effort.
To Be Continued (check back tomorrow) . . .
P.S. If you’re looking for some help in starting a new church or with growing your church plant, I’d like to invite you to join me at the upcoming One Day Launch Conference in Orlando on July 13th. Register soon as space is limited.
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