WHY THE WORLD NEEDS YOU TO HAVE A MISSION STATEMENT

Launching with the right focus is essential if your plant is going to avoid defaulting into just another big church after you’ve grown. If you’re using the New Testament apostolic model, then the solution is hard-wired into your church already. You’re not wired to grow big, but to reproduce. As soon as the tender shoots…

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WHY YOU NEED A MISSION STATEMENT

Now that you know that you’re called, what are you called to do? What are your mission directives from HQ? What is it you and your church are here to accomplish? Businesses borrowed the term “mission statement” from the church, because any biblical church is always on mission. A mission statement will help you ensure…

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AIMING FOR NOTHING

So, you think you know what you want to do. Whereas Paul laid the foundation like a wise and Master builder, most church planters make a fundamental mistake at the foundational level. They’ve never defined what it is they’re going to do. They have more of an impression; a gut-feeling about what they’re supposed to…

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MEETING WITH THE MAYOR

In the last Blog post we talked about COGs and catering your church plant to the community. But how do you find out what the community needs? I have a few suggestions. MEETING WITH THE MAYOR The easy way is to talk to the professionals. We met with the Mayor and asked her what the…

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MISSIONAL COGS

COGS stands for Communities of grace. These are the best places to use your gifts. The gifts were given to the church, but like an old tie or wool knit sweater from grandma, they stay in the bottom of the drawer. Have you ever wondered why the position of elder has gifts wired into it…

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FINDING THE MARKETPLACE

Paul was bi-vocational. It was partly so that he could eat. It was partly so that he could support his team (Acts 20:4). I believe, however, that Paul could have asked almost anything he wanted from his churches support-wise, but instead chose to go where the traffic was. In the same way, the apostles in…

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DEMOGRAPHICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

Finding out what’s going on in the neighborhood is dangerous. Mainly because you’re going to get sucked into the need. When Jesus was moved with compassion for the heaving masses following him late one evening, the disciples were ready to turn them away, and Jesus pictured them being like sheep released into the darkness. Helpless…

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Google is your friend. Did you know that you can profile census information? You can profile single mothers, foreign language speakers, Poverty level. Mission Insights is a valuable resource that many big denominations use. This practice is known as “mapping”. Mapping is the practice of identifying the people you are going to reach the city.…

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ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US

In order to discern your core values, you need to be able to understand what the community around you needs. Although you are deriving timeless principles from God’s word, you will be seeking to be an agent of change, and therefore your core values will reflect the burdens that God has placed on your heart…

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TARGETING YOUR DROP ZONE

The first question you need to ask is where am I going to jump? How does one pick a location? In the New Testament, Paul and Barnabas “went home”. They targeted their own people. Paul targeted his fellow citizens of Turkey, and Barnabas the inhabitants of his native Cypress. On Paul’s second missionary journey, Paul…

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