“Purpose doesn’t take the pain away or make the process easier” Kirk Jones – Generate Conf Recap
Some Big Takeaways from the Generate Conference with Shawn Lovejoy, Kirk Jones, & Bill Dye. The Conference brought together Church Planters & Leaders from around Louisiana. Great networking & the content was top shelf.
from Kirk Jones, founding pastor of Fellowship Church in Prairieville, on lessons learned while planting:
> Straight rows are efficient. Finished rows are fertile.
> Faithfulness is required, not perfection.
> Preparing the field will never lead to perfection but to fertility.
> Purpose doesn’t take the pain away or make the process easier.
> The more seeds you plant, the more you harvest.
> The more seeds you plant, the more seeds you have.
from Bill Dye, Sr. Pastor of North Monroe Baptist Church in NE Louisiana, on overcoming growth barriers:
> Overcoming barriers comes through vision.
> If you give up on church growth, you’re giving up on people.
> Church is designed for people not there.
> We don’t try to make converts. We want to make disciples.
> Build your vision around the Great Commission. Helps deal with resistance. Who can resist the Great Commission?
> Most important thing to get people to buy in to in church: “It’s not about you.”
from Shawn Lovejoy, Founder of Mountain Lake Church in Cummings, GA & ChurchPlanters.com that host the popular Velocity Conference each year:
> Too many church planters want to plant & harvest in the same week.
> Most pastors quit right before the harvest.
> Be careful what kind of church you plant, you might have to pastor it one day.
> Successful leaders lead themselves first.
> The condition of our hearts determines the outcome of our ministries.
> Be developers of people, not doers of ministry.
> What you celebrate, gets done. Celebrate the individual life, not the huge crowds.
> No discipleship plan is perfect, so work your plan.
And thanks to Fellowship Church for going above & beyond as our host for the conference! Hope it won’t be the last!