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5 Things I’ve Learned as a Church Planter So Far

By January 29, 2012 May 27th, 2013 No Comments

We are now a full month into weekly Sunday experiences at Cultivate Church. After years of envisioning what the church would look like, sound like, or feel like, it’s become tangible. Through the process, here are the top 5 things I’ve learned so far.

5. It’s a Lot of Work
I know exactly what you’re thinking. And yes, I knew it was going to be a lot of work. However, there is still no way to fully prepare. For over a year we have worked on building systems and structures, building teams, raising funds, equipping each environment with supplies and equipment, training leaders, outreach efforts, marketing, advertising, securing a facility, etc. The list goes on and on.

Now we have added the weekly Sunday morning experience beginning at 5:30 AM unloading trailers, setting up equipment, creating exciting kids environments, etc. Don’t underestimate the work involved. Jesus said it best, count the costs (Luke 14:28-34).

4. It’s Different Than You Think
You’ve played it through your mind many times. You’ve studied the pros. You’ve read the books. You’ve even attended the conferences. Trust me. It’s different than you think. Both in the positive sense and the negative sense, be prepared for unexpected emotions, feelings, thoughts, and outcomes.

3. People Will Surprise You
Sometimes, as soon as you can thank God for sending you that couple, they are gone. Sometimes, as soon as you think, “We’ll never see them again,” they amaze you at how passionate they are about the vision.

Some people you would never have imagined will cause the most trouble. Some people you discounted most will be the biggest blessing.  Just be prepared to be surprised.

2. People are Hungry
“Are people going to come?” “Will we resonate with people?” If you are in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, the answer is yes. People are in that city/community praying for you as much as you are praying for them. You won’t have to look very hard for the people that are the perfect fit for what God is doing through you. God didn’t make a mistake placing you where you are, and people will respond (no matter how nervous you may feel).

1. It’s Worth It
At the end of the day, it’s 100% worth it! The bumps and bruises. scrapes and scars, are all worth it. When that person, even if it’s just one, says yes to Jesus, it’s worth it.  Knowing that if you hadn’t said yes and obeyed God, that those people would not have heard the Gospel today, makes it all worth it!

I pray you are encouraged today in whatever you are doing. I’d love to hear what God is doing through you.

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Brandon Matthews

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