3 Things That Almost Killed My Church Plant

by | May 16, 2012 | Church Leadership, Church Planting, Coaching

If you’ve planted a church, and you’re honest with yourself, really honest, you might admit things have not turned out quite like you had planned. While others around you seem to be doing great things for God – baptizing, adding services, etc., you may still be struggling to figure things out.

You’re not alone.   I’ve been in your shoes. I’ve begged, pleaded, and even made one-sided deals with God, promising Him I would dothis or that if he would just make it work!

Recently, we’ve seen much growth, and blessing.  Here’s what I’m learning:

1.       Jesus wasn’t my priority

Honestly, I know what it’s like to preach on Sundays without personally pursuing Jesus with my own heart during the week.  The truth is Jesus won’t do something through you until He first does something in you.  What’s He doing in you personally?  Apart from your role as pastor, have you prioritized the presence of God in your life today?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. –Matt. 5:6

2.       I divorced the vision

You can’t plant a church apart from vision, period.  If Jesus has given you a vision for your church, you better be willing to die for it! Early on, I divorced the vision that God gave me, because others told me it was too grandiose, while they struggled to keep their church doors open.  I soon realized they were mistaken, because any vision I could pull off on my own was not God-sized!  If you’ve heard from God, be bold.  Go public with your vision today!

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained– Prov. 29:18a

3.       I didn’t have a coach

GET A COACH!  Adding an expert to your staff is an invaluable investment.  My coach, Charles Hill, has taught me more in four months than I’ve learned in two years.  Even the best athletes in the world need a coach.  You can’t afford not to have one.  Trust me, get a coach today!

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Jeremy Schweyer

Jeremy Schweyer and his wife, Francene, planted Movement Church, a young and growing church plant in North East Ohio, three years ago. The lessons learned during the first years of his plant have formed Jeremy into the church planter and leader he is today. Apart from the joy of seeing lost people found, found people trained and trained people making a difference in and through Movement Church, Jeremy is also passionate about teaching, encouraging and equipping leaders who feel “stuck” in their ministries. Read More About Jeremy Schweyer At His Author Page.

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