A few random lessons from Fatherhood, Church Planting, Denominational work:

  • Experience in church planting just means you understand how hard the journey is going to be.
  • A five-month old puppy can tear up anything. Anything!
  • There is lots of ways to sponsor a church plant, but the most successful plants happen when senior leaders bet the farm and make it a top tier priority. That’s why multi-site works. Leadership buys in and is willing to pay the bills – spiritually, physically, and financially – putting the name of the ministry on the line for the sake of the plant. 
  • Entrepreneurial leaders make it happen anyway, because no is not an answer when the eternal destinies of people are at stake. 
  • The community is very open to the involvement of the faith community when we can fit them into our schedule.
  • No matter what you tell them, children insist on following your example.
  • 1 & 2 Corinthians could have been written to the churches in North America yesterday.
  • Hurting people, hurt people, and are more easily hurt by people.  
  • God is raising up a generation of young people who are ready to change the scorecard for the church from “how much, how many, how often” to community transformation and people development.
  • Don’t give people large-scale influence with others based upon potential and likeability. Humility, an others orientation, and teachability are the best predictors that influence will be multiplied in positive ways.
  • The way to Christ-likeness is to be consumed with serving others instead of being served.
  • There’s not enough Philippians 2:3-4 or Hebrews 13:17 in most churches today.
  • I have a lot of lessons to learn and I’m learning to pay attention to the people and experiences God is putting into my life. 

Posted on July 9, 2009, in Ministry. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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