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In the end you want one story about your church, and so that means you have to move away from the other stories. Jesus wasn’t afraid to redirect the conversation in order to guard the narrative because he knew that his mission was that important. We need to follow suit.

Church plants pull people from lots of different backgrounds, some churched, others not. That means you become a collecting house for lots of different narratives all while you are trying to start a brand new one. Take care to guard your narrative and tell the story of your church – not another church.

One size does not fit all and one church cannot win all. It takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people. The key is that the church needs to be Christ-centered and culturally relevant to whatever community or culture that they are called to serve through planting. It is important to take into consideration the culture, race, and ethnicity of the culture in which you plan to plant a church.

One of the principal motivations for planting new churches is to reach people no one else is reaching. In my opinion, that is the only reason to plant new churches. Admittedly, people who love unchurched people will want to join a church planter in the adventure, but beware of church people because they will derail your church plant.

As best I can tell, nowhere in scripture are we told to plant churches. We are, however, clearly commissioned to make disciples. Church planting is the outflow of effective disciple making given the corporate nature of discipleship.

I believe that everyone can and should get involved with planting new churches. Maybe you're feeling called to be a part of a church planting, but don’t know where to start. There are three ways that everyone can get involved in church planting.

Learn about the heart of a pastor who's been part of a United Methodist Church that has participated in planting over 140 new churches and seeing more than 14,000 first time professions of faith in the last 7 years. Paul Lawler shares 5 lessons he's learned along the way today.

Following Jesus’ model of mentoring indicated in John 6:5-6 and elsewhere, guide your core group and help them to figure out how we should do this or that. Focus both on visible leadership skills and internal spiritual growth, because it’s not enough to provide skill training and then say, “Go lead,” without also discipling peoples’ souls.

The real measure of church health is the evidence of fruit — lasting fruit, abundant fruit, Kingdom fruit. The key to producing this fruit is constantly asking ourselves the question, "What business are we in?”

Many pastors sense a call to get involved in church planting, but the next steps can often feel overwhelming. In this Seven Minute Seminary, Ed Stetzer offers a 5 step guide for those pastors called to plant churches. They include: pre-assessment, assessment, boot camp, coaching, reproduction plan.

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