New churches can become the thing very things that people don’t like about church pretty quickly. If you want a recipe for a church plant disaster, fill it up by attracting church people who already know Jesus and are shopping for a new church for any of these reasons:
1) YOU don’t like the music at your church
2) YOU don’t like the format at your church
3) YOU don’t like the decor of your church
4) YOU don’t like the preaching at your church
5) YOU don’t like the children’s space at your church
6) YOU don’t like the people at your church
7) YOU don’t like format of your church
8.) YOU don’t like where your church meets
9) YOU don’t like it that your church “isn’t meeting your needs.”
10) YOU aren’t getting fed at your church
As a planter, the key reason I would like to hear from Christians interested in a new church is, “I want to do all I can to see people come to Jesus and have a place to learn how to follow Him.”
Do you see the difference? Reasons 1-10 are built on selfish motivations while an evangelistic heart is selfless and kingdom focused.
Please, please, please, I’m begging you not to get involved with a new work if reasons 1-10 are your primary motivation. Please don’t come. If you do, it will only be an instant before you will be able to start a brand new list of all the ways the new work isn’t giving YOU want YOU want. If reasons 1-10 are the reasons you are church shopping, please stay where you are and pray that God makes you an agent of His grace in that church body.
But, if you are primarily pumped about taking risks, penetrating culture and putting all the sacred cows to death because you want to build something new and different to reach OTHERS for Christ, don’t let anything stand in your way. Church planting cannot be about YOU.
1 Cor. 9:19-22 Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized – whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ – but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. (MSG)