10 Lessons in Bootstrapping a Church Plant (Part 5)

by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke Today we’re sharing the final post in a series on “Bootstrapping” a new church, or starting with very little (or no) outside funding.  While this isn’t the ideal way to plant a church, there are a number of lessons to be learned through the process.  You can read the rest of this series of … Read More


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10 Lessons in Bootstrapping a Church Plant (Part 4)

by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke We’re looking at the lessons that can be learned in “Bootstrapping” a Church Plant (starting with little or no outside financial support).  Click here to read the first,  second, and third posts in this series. Here are today’s lessons: 4. FOCUS: YOU’LL STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR CHURCH’S VISION Bootstrapping will force you to drill … Read More


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10 Lessons in Bootstrapping a Church Plant (Part 3)

by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke We’re about halfway through a new 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 … Read More


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10 Lessons in Bootstrapping a Church Plant (Part 2)

by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke We began a new series of posts earlier this week about “Bootstrapping” a Church Plant, and the lessons learned in doing so (click here for the first 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 … Read More


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10 Lessons in Bootstrapping a Church Plant (Part 1)

by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Money makes the world go ‘round.” While those of us in ministry understand the skewed nature of this adage, one thing is for sure: Money is critical to the work we do – especially when that work involves launching a new church. Every idealistic, would-be church planter must … Read More


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Field-Tested Advice for Church Planters

I’m always on the lookout for solid church planting wisdom to include in the Church Leader Insights Newsletter (click here for your free subscription). I recently read just such an article from Jimmy Britt, a friend and coaching alumni.  Jimmy is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Rocky River Community Church in North Carolina and he gave me permission to … Read More


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How to Find a Meeting Location for Your New Church

Last week I shared some thoughts on raising funds for a new church plant (click here for that post), and today I’d like to tackle another issue that’s vital in starting a new church… LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Once you’ve confirmed the call of God to plant a church, securing a meeting location is one of the most important – and … Read More


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How to Fund Your Church Plant

I get the distinct pleasure of investing in a lot of church planters through our ministry here at Church Leader Insights.  In fact, we give away thousands of dollars worth of resources to church planters every week (click here for more info). That means I get to hear all sorts of stories – some good and some bad – and … Read More


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9 Characteristics of a Church Planter (Part 3 of 3)

I’m wrapping up a my 3 part series of posts today about those characteristics that are essential for a church planter to be successful. You can read the first 2 posts here and here. Drum roll please… Here are the final three: 7. Must be Motivated and Driven to Succeed I spend a lot of time in my church planting … Read More


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9 Characteristics of a Church Planter (Part 2 of 3)

Yesterday I started a series of posts (click here to read Part 1) about the characteristics of a successful church planter.  Here are the next few: 4. Must Display Confidence and Optimism about the Task at Hand I am constantly amazed by how many church planters (and pastors) I meet who are pessimistic and insecure. It makes me wonder who … Read More


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