Launching a church is one of the most exciting things ever, but it is not for everyone. Church planting is one of the hardest things to do. According to several sources 68% of all churches that are planted will fail (source). Below are ten reasons not to join a church planting team.
- If you’re looking for the next hot/cool thing (We want to grow by conversion growth, not by transfer (church hoppers) growth).
- If you’re a believer in Jesus and you don’t like your current church (You will find reasons to not like this church).
- If you have a record at churches of being a problem causer and have an unteachable spirit (You probably won’t change here, you’ll repeat the same habits until you allow Jesus to change you).
- If you’re a consumer wanting to “go to church” once a week for a nice experience or a show (We are not a Sunday show, we are a community of disciples on a mission to make Jesus known one life at a time).
- If you want religion (This church will be built on the radical gospel of grace).
- If you have an agenda (We have our vision, our mission, and our values—your private agenda does not supercede them).
- If you are a wolf (We will sniff you out).
- If you think this church will be a nice little church forever that stays the same size, where everybody knows your name (By God’s grace, we want to grow).
- If you think this will be a smooth ride without bumps (This will be an incredibly hard; this will be a fight, a battle, and a tough mission).
- If you want to hold onto your comfortable life (You must lose your life).
Question: Any thoughts?