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Top Issues Church Planters Face. Issue #1 Leadership Development and Reproducing Culture. Lack of Experience Feeling the Need for Speed (Volunteers ) No Core Leaders. Issue #1 Leadership Development and Reproducing Culture. Feeling the Need for Speed (Paid Staff ) Need for Resources

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Top Issues Church Planters Face


Issue #1 Leadership Development and Reproducing Culture

  • Lack of Experience

  • Feeling the Need for Speed (Volunteers)

  • No Core Leaders


Issue #1 Leadership Development and Reproducing Culture

  • Feeling the Need for Speed (Paid Staff)

  • Need for Resources

  • Realities for Reproduction


Issue #2 Financial Self-Sufficiency and Viability

  • The BiVoChallenge

  • Tension Over Talking/Teaching About Giving


Issue #2 Financial Self-Sufficiency and Viability

  • Limited Budget Experience

  • Flow of Funds Trap

  • Personal Financial Impact


Issue #3 Launch Team Development and Mobilizing Volunteers

  • Healthy Launch Teams Are Mission Critical When Seeking to Start in the Way We Discussed

  • Church Planting Is a Team Sport


Issue #3 Launch Team Development and Mobilizing Volunteers

  • Pre-Launch Tasks vs. Relationships

  • A Core Group of Believers Is Not Always a Good Thing

  • New Church Core Teams Experience Fallout


Issue #4 Systems, Processes, and Cultures

  • God’s Part and Our Part

  • A Fix-It Mentality

  • Assessing Health


Issue #4 Systems, Processes, and Cultures

  • Pre-Launch Behaviors

  • Urgency and Accountability


Issue #5 Casting Vision and Avoiding Mission Drift

  • Clarity

  • Core Values

  • Mission, Vision, and Values


Issue #5 Casting Vision and Avoiding Mission Drift

  • Ministry Philosophy

  • Non-Negotiables


Issue #6 Evangelism and Discipleship

Five challenges:

  • Multiple time demands

  • Discerning how to practice faith in a world not limited to direct evangelism only

  • Living incarnationally and engaging in culture

  • Implementing a deliberate evangelistic and disciple-making strategy

  • Making small groups work


Issue #6 Evangelism and Discipleship

Two observations:

  • Distracted by the Planting Process

  • Internal Scorecard


Issue #7 Spiritual, Physical and Mental Health of Planter/Family

  • Battle to overcome pride, self-reliance, drivenness, and an uncoachableattitude

  • Loneliness and isolation


Issue #7 Spiritual, Physical and Mental Health of Planter/Family

  • Mistrust

  • Lack of rest

  • Maintaining joy


Conclusions/Highlights

  • Challenges of planting commonly result in discouragement and loneliness

  • A rigorous assessment process is necessary

  • Spousal support systems should be added to church planting systems


Conclusions/Highlights

  • Peer-to-peer relationships and networks are vital

  • Getting systems in place is key before going public

  • Church planting mentors and coaches are important

  • Discerning the difficult and painful decision between quitting and persevering


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