Top 10 Reasons Not to Join a Launch Team

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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.

  1. If you’re looking for the next hot/cool thing (We want to grow by conversion growth, not by transfer (church hoppers) growth).
  2. If you’re a believer in Jesus and you don’t like your current church (You will find reasons to not like this church).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. If you want religion (This church will be built on the radical gospel of grace).
  6. If you have an agenda (We have our vision, our mission, and our values—your private agenda does not supercede them).
  7. If you are a wolf (We will sniff you out).
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. If you want to hold onto your comfortable life (You must lose your life).

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I am a pastor, church planter, leader, and father. I have been blessed to be the founding pastor of Courageous Church. I spend much of my time seeking to help others take their next step in growth and leadership. I am the main visionary architect and communicator for Courageous. I love spending time with my family and because of them I am blessed beyond imagination. I believe I have the best l life possible.

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