Monday, May 10, 2010

A Step by Step Guide to Planting a Church

Obviously, the title of this post is meant to be a joke. There are no step-by-step guides to planting a church. Beware of anyone who claims they know how to plant a church. Here is the best advice for church planting: Be faithful.

That's why I love Mike McKinley's Church Planting is for Wimps.
This book is mainly the story of the revitalization of Guilford Baptist (a good and funny story). But, weaved throughout the story are some very helpful encouragement to those planting new churches or revitalizing old ones. Here are some of the big picture practices that McKinley challenges us to:

1. Preach the Word relentlessly

2. Develop clear membership boundaries (have a clearly defined statement of faith and church covenant)

3. Have a plurality of elders

4. Don't target particular kinds of people

5. Don't neglect your marriage or family

6. Don't try to do everything yourself (develop/train leaders)

7. Stay for the long haul

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