The following post comes to us from Steve Addison, church planter and author of Movements That Change the World; What Jesus Started; and Pioneering Movements.
I often get asked, “How many church plants survive?”
It’s the wrong question.
I remember being a first-time church planter. I understand the angst. You hope for more, but you fear failure. It’s only natural. So sooner or later God has to go to work on our mixed motivations. Painful, but better than living with a desperate need to succeed.
In our second church plant, I learned that God has other agendas than just the survival of one church plant. After two years, we closed it down to the glory of God.
Later I became a coach of church planters. I soon learned that when it comes to success or failure in planting congregational churches, selecting the right planters was everything. Get the selection right and the rate of survival improves dramatically.
Still the wrong question.
Here are the questions you could be asking:
How many people, who are far from God will hear the gospel today?
How many believers can you train to connect, share, and disciple others?
Click here to read the complete list of questions.
Your partner in ministry,
P.S. – I love church planters and I want to help you start your new church healthier and more effective than you thought possible! In fact, I’m so serious about helping you that I’d like to give you over $149 in Church Planting Resources – FREE!
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