of Church Planting
These fourteen principles of church planting apply to most, if not all,
1. Church planting is best when done in a network of people, not by
a single individual, or even by a single church.
2. Thereâ€™s a cost involved. For the first 6-9 months, Satanâ€™s
attacks cause pain.
3. Church planters need coaches and mentors to help strengthen their
own relationship with God.
4. Plant missional churches, which will in turn plant other churches,
creating a multiplying effect.
5. Rise to the level of your incompetence. Thatâ€™s where God
6. Spend plenty of time in preparation--picking a mentor, working on
a practicum on how to plant a church, listing everything that can go
wrong and concluding that it doesnâ€™t matter.
7. Learn as much as possible about the area youâ€™re planning to
serve. Still, many things you expect to happen wonâ€™t; the
8. Adapt to the people youâ€™re serving. Carpenterâ€™s Church
in Lubbock, Texas, is a ministry to â€œmodern-day lepers--the
unclean, the untouchable, the isolated, the dis-eased.â€� When they
took the pews out of the building, they began to grow. They use a
cow trough as a baptistry, and people sign it when theyâ€™re
There is no benevolence program, no childrenâ€™s program, and the
church operates on a low budget. They start by cleaning people up
physically, mentally, emotionally, and relationally with detox and
showers. They didnâ€™t take up a contribution until the people
asked to give, a clear contrast with churches that are always asking
9. Coffee shop evangelism is effective in many areas for building
churches of the unchurched. Learn to hang out with no agenda.
Allow God to direct you. Practice friendship evangelism. Ask others
what they think, and donâ€™t be too quick to tell them what you
think. Talk about questions common to both churched and
unchurched, such as why bad things happen to good people.
10 Be patient. Allow time to raise money. The average time to self-
sufficiency is five years. Learn to depend on God.
11. Leave your ego at home.
12. The three most important things you can do in a week are to
spend time with the people youâ€™re reaching out to, spend time
with God, and spend time with your family.
13. Break down ethnic barriers. Care for the weak, children and the
14. Prepare the soil. Two-thirds of all garden life takes place below
To learn more about church planting, attend the 2005 Urban Ministry
Conference Oct. 19-21 at the Highland St. Church of Christ in