Here’s a recent question I answered from a church planter:
Q: Nelson, thanks so much for all you do. I came across some of your resources recently and have really learned a lot from them.
Our new church has just launched and I’m wanting to start implementing the systems, where do I start?
It’s a little overwhelming and any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
A: Thanks for your kind words and congratulations on launching a new church!
As far as systems go, the first thing I would recommend is for you to download my Free Church Systems 2.0 Report (PDF). Reading that should give you a good primer on church systems and a better “big picture” of how they all work together.
After that, I encourage you to start with your Assimilation System. In many ways it’s one of the easier systems to implement and it yields results quickly (in more people getting plugged in to your church). You’ll want to implement the full Assimilation process before moving on.
Next, move on to Evangelism (my next book Ignite can help with this). The Evangelism System is all about getting people from your community to attend your church for the first time. This flow of new people is essential to the health and growth of your church.
Following Evangelism, you can then move on to the Worship Planning System. This is about how your church plans, executes, evaluates and improves the weekly worship service.
So, basically, strengthen your guest experience, outreach and worship services first. Those three should be your priority for now.
Then, as you grow beyond about 110 average adults in attendance, you can implement Small Groups.
The most important thing for you right now is to get started. By breaking it down in this order you should be able to immediately move forward step by step without allowing yourself to be overwhelmed.
I hope that makes sense.
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