8 Lessons Church Planting Has Taught Me – Part I

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I have learned a lot since January 2007 when Harvest Christian Fellowship began as a church plant. The truth is I never thought that I would be a church planter. I never sought to be a church planter. I never contemplated what being a church planter entailed or would be like until 2006. In spite of all of that, the undeniable truth is that being a church planter has taught me a lot about life, myself, leadership, faith, and people. There have been more surprises than I would have ever imagined, and I believe the lessons deserve to be shared with everyone.

Enough of the Fake Relationships Among Leaders

As a leader, do you have relationships that you would consider brutally honest? The kind of relationship where your friend can tell you the truth and where you can do the same? If you are like many contemporary leaders, especially in Christian ministry, the answer is probably no. The fact that many leaders don’t have these kinds of relationships is not only hurting them professionally and personally, but also hurting their families and the people they are called to lead.Mask

Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend (Zondervan, 2012)

Deep & Wide has proven to be an excellent resource for leadership development and team building in our local church. I highly recommend it to anyone who desires to hear one church’s path to fulfilling Christ’s mission. One of the things that I like most about the book is that Andy Stanley continually states that the book represents the way that North Point Community Church chose to follow God’s plan…your plan and results may vary.