I’ve been focusing on Church Planting here on the blog in recent days, so I thought I’d share another concept today that’s important when you’re starting new church from scratch.
Here’s the concept: Be mindful of who you’re listening to.
As a church planter (especially in the pre-Launch process) it’s easy to get caught up in chasing to the latest fads, the most intriguing conference speakers’ advice or even the cumulative thoughts of your local pastors gathering.
And there’s wisdom in the counsel of many… to a point.
But you must decide early on to listen, first and foremost, to God’s calling for you and your new church.
Soon thereafter, you want to try and find one or two voices that you can connect with and that provide the godly wisdom that every church planter needs.
And here’s why: Too many planters I speak with are trying to concoct just the right mix of this planter and that planter, when they should be building on solid, proven principles and allowing God to use them for the unique church He wants to plant through them.
Listen to, read from, meet with everyone you can, but be wise in discerning what is sound, godly advice.
And don’t get so caught up in chasing someone else’s story that you miss out on the story God is writing through you.
Chris is a good example of this concept – building on solid principles and letting God shape the future of your new church:
Thanks for the kind words Chris – and keep up the great work in New England!
How about you Church Planter? Who are you listening to?
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