#1 – There is a way to do church…and I know the way!
You know it in your head, but you may struggle to believe in your heart that there is MORE THAN ONE WAY to do church. Our job as church planters is to simply seek God for HIS specific vision for the church we are planting, and then DO THAT. (while respecting and appreciating every other church in the town!!)
#2 – I Can Do It Better!
About 7 years ago I had a guy tell me that every time he attends a staff meeting led by his senior pastor, he thinks to himself, “I can do this so much better than him.” And then he proceeded to tell me that THAT WAS HOW HE KNEW he was ready to go plant a church. LOL
I’ve also had many conversations with church staff members who went to a conference in Alabama and learned some things about “doing church” that their current senior pastor doesn’t do, and now they think they should start a new church because they’ve discovered a fresh, hip, new way.
And respectfully, if you are the guy who is running around telling everyone how different or better your church is going to be, then you may need to check yourself on this point. I pray God humbles you.
#3 – These people will always love me.
I’ll let you in on a little secret…NO THEY WON’T!
I’m not trying to be negative…but it’s just a reality. As the years go by, you are going to change. Your personality will evolve, your leadership style is going to be different in 3 years, you’ll make some huge mistakes, and you’ll go through some crazy seasons, cycles, ups, and downs. And there are only a FEW people who will stick by you through it all. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to get certain people to love me, and they don’t. And that’s okay.
Get used to it!
#4 – If we are growing, then we must be doing it right.
Be careful with this mindset, because when the time comes that you are NOT growing, you’ll be tempted to believe you are doing it wrong! This is a lie rooted in a belief that your church is “successful” because of what you do and not because of what God does.
Remember, its called Church PLANTING, not church harvesting. Planting is work. There is a lot of digging, weed pulling, ground preparation, soil testing, etc. You can be doing everything right and not see ANY harvest. And that’s okay. Keep at it.
On the flip side, just because people are showing up and the crowd is growing, it doesn’t mean you are doing everything right! So pay close attention because a large influx of people will REVEAL the areas of your church that need attention.
#5 – I will feel “fulfilled” after I plant a church.
If you think you are going to gain some kind of life fulfillment or fill some void in your heart by “answering the call” to church planting, then brace yourself. Because it doesn’t satisfy.
The reality is church planting is NOT as sexy as it looks on instagram.
Whatever hole or void you are trying to fill can ONLY be filled by Jesus. Answering “the call” to church planting is important, and it’s honorable…but it reveals so much about yourself that you didn’t know. Church planting exposes your insecurities, your character flaws, and it reveals how much of your soul you have yet to give to Jesus.