by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke
We’re about halfway through our series of posts about “Bootstrapping” a Church Plant (starting with little or no outside financial support) and 10 of the lessons learned in doing so. Click here to read the first post and the second one.
Here are the next two lessons:
6. MOBILIZE: YOU’LL RAISE THE VALUE OF PERSONAL EVANGELISM
If you want to reach more people for Jesus (and if not, don’t plant a church), you have to tell them about him, right? While the well-funded church plant may be tempted to lean too heavily on paid promotion (direct mail, billboards, radio and TV ads, etc.), the bootstrapping church planter knows that his best asset to connect with more people is the people who are already attending his church. I would recommend you read Ignite: How To Spark Immediate Growth In Your Church on the formula for fostering effective personal evangelism.
5. LEAD: YOU’LL AFFIRM YOUR ABILITY TO LEAD YOUR CHURCH
If you’re not clear about mutual expectations on the front-end, financial support often comes with strings attached. A few months in to your new church, you may find yourself getting more and more heavy-handed “suggestions” about how you should lead, what you should be preaching, what your worship style should be and even how the congregation should be dressing (yes, some people still make a big deal about this).
As a bootstrapper, you won’t have to deal with the noise of too many opinions, which means you’ll be able to listen more closely to God’s unique vision for your new church… and then lead in that direction.
Check back throughout the week, as we’ll be wrapping up the countdown!
P.S. The Church Planting Conference in Orlando is NEXT WEEK! There are only 23 spots left.
If you’re looking for some help in starting a new church or with growing your church plant, you need to register today. There is still time to get the reduced rate on the hotel but you need to contact me TODAY to be at the upcoming One Day Launch Conference in Orlando on July 13th. Register today before this fills up!
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