J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

A Dozen Do-Nots: Church Planting

Dozen-DoNotsLearning from other people’s mistakes might be the single most valuable skill for a church planter.  There is just no need to duplicate other people’s errors.  As you read some of these Do-Nots, you might think, “If I don’t do that, my church won’t meet for services.”  If that is the case, you might have some tough decisions to make.

Some of these are mistakes that I have made while others I have observed.  I hope they are helpful.  Enjoy.

A Dozen Do-Nots:  Planting a Church

  1. Do not think that sermon prep is the same as personal Bible study.
  2. Do not meet with women alone.
  3. Do not make your children the window dressing for your ministry.
  4. Do not start services if your wife is in her 3rd trimester or on bedrest.
  5. Do not finance the church with your personal credit card.
  6. Do not skip your vacations
  7. Do not cast a vision for your church until you cast one for your family.
  8. Do not have an affair with your job.
  9. Do not start services until you have at least one person you trust implicitly.
  10. Do not sign a lease for a worship space that is bigger than your budget.
  11. Do not make your spouse do every thing that nobody else wants to do.
  12. Do not assume your congregation understands the mission or vision.

Other Dozens in the series:

Marriage Communication – http://bit.ly/IERbQ

Being Civil to Others – http://bit.ly/4nnOim

Mountain Biking – http://bit.ly/vdZ6r

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August 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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  1. i like it!

    Comment by amy duncan | August 20, 2009 | Reply

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  3. I’ve lived it! Thankfully not all 12.

    Comment by Will Adair | November 17, 2009 | Reply

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