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Church planting is different than establishing satellites, multi-sites, a new worship service or a separate non-profit. Church planting is establishing a new congregation in a new location. This process is rewarding, yet it requires hard work and a varied skillset.

Below are four things I’ve learned about church planting.

  • The gifts of the leader may be the single most important factor for success or struggle. An entrepreneurial temperament will serve you well and help you find joy in the process.
  • New church starts need money. You should plan to address this early by finding a financial model that works for you.
  • Keep up the momentum of your growth. If you plateau, you may be stuck for a long time.
  • Successful church planters are among the best resources for new church planters.

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Tim Shapiro by Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

tshapiro@centerforcongregations.org