I just read an excellent post from Steve Sjogren entitled “12 Lies Church Planters Tell Themselves” on the blog I always love Sjogren’s  honesty and deep spirituality. Here are a few of those lies (in bold) with my own commentary on each:

If God blesses this plant, we’ll be up and running in no time flat. Steve uses the analogy of growing asparagus to emphasize the unpredictability of these things. I agree. God’s timing is not our timing. There are ways to speed up the process of building momentum in a plant, but ultimately God causes the growth. That’s in his time, not ours. I don’t think this means the planter ought to sit passively waiting for God to move. I’ve always believed the “work like it all depends on you/pray like it all depends on God” philosophy.

Since great preaching is vital from the beginning, I’ll spend quite a bit of time in message prep from the beginning of the plant. Preachers love to preach – I get that! But I have seen way too many planters launch too soon and focus too much on their speaking ability. I’d say the number one reason planters launch too soon is that they want to be “in the pulpit”. They can’t wait to be preaching regularly. The reality is that during the pre-launch phase you have the freedom to put all of your time and energy on things you will never have enough time and energy for once you are doing weekly services. Use that time wisely!

We’ll figure out how to take care of our money accounting details as soon as we have real money coming in. If you are even thinking about planting a church, go immediately to and sign up for their regular emails. These people are experts on all things financial and legal in the church. They will scare the mess out of you with their stories of church plants who didn’t handle these things well. To quote the great Mr. T, “I pity the fool” who doesn’t do this right from the beginning.

These are just a few of Sjogrens Lies. I encourage you to read his full article with his own commentary on these points.


Why Some Church Plants Thrive and others Struggle

Looking forward to hosting Ben Arment for a free workshop this coming Monday on his book “Church in the Making.” Ben has experience as a church planter, and he is the guy behind stuff like “The White Board Sessions”, the “Story” conference and “Dream Year”.

The free workshop will be from 8:30 AM (registration) to about 3:30 PM at the PBA Resource Center, 863 Cloverleaf Lane, Newport News, Virginia. If you want to come, let me know so we can have lunch for you.



Expect Guests on Easter Sunday in Church

And be ready to make them feel welcome 

(I snatched this from Marketing guru Scott Vaughan. Contact info for Scott is at the bottom of the post.)

There’s a large number of people who will be moving to church services on Easter Sunday. For many people, this will be the only Sunday they attend church during the calendar year. So churches must approach Easter with their “A Game” when it comes to hospitality. Taken from my Greeter & Usher Ministry Training, here are five things to consider in your church:

  1. Have two greeters at each external door + plus one greeter for every 250 square feet of entrance space at each door. Greeters should be friendly people. Have a balance of men and women. Be door-openers for everyone. Greet everyone.
  2. Greeters should be the first to arrive and the last to leave the property. Many times, the best person-to-person connections occur as people are leaving the property.
  3. Identify greeters with a large button or name tag. Greeters should introduce themselves by name, and upon hearing the guest’s name – repeat the guest’s name back. People love to hear their name spoken back to them.
  4. Have a Welcome Center – even a simple one – at each door, serving as HQ for the door greeters. Don’t junk up the center with a bunch of paper. Have a nice card, pointing people to the church website and Facebook page. Invite guests to complete a follow-up card and leave it right there.
  5. Greeters should avoid conversations with people they know. These conversations allow other members and guests to enter the property without a proper welcome.

Questions? E-Mail Scott.
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