The one particular thing I took note of is the idea of Facebook advertising. That is something we have never tried before, but we will this spring.
Additionally, I really liked the idea of encouraging the congregation to use Facebook to invite friends & acquaintances.
That is free, which I especially like!
I’m also looking forward to seeing how the combination works—putting out paid ads while also encouraging our people to use it as a tool.
Church planting is a tough calling. The last thing you need is drama and division. Here are a couple articles on the Jezebel Spirit which I believe
is rampant in western churches. It's important to recognize this spirit within our local assemblies... and get it out.
I wanted to share an article from Ed Stetzer regarding multi-site church plants. It seems that ed had the same concerns as I do. After reading it, I surprisingly have a different view of them... if they are done intentionally and with the right heart motive. Here is the complete article:
Here is a short but sweet article by Rick Warren. I have listed the bullet points. If you would like to read the entire article, please visit ARTICLE by Rick Warren
1) Decide you really, really want to grow – Believe
it or not, the primary barrier to church growth is desire. Do you really
want to grow? If the answer is yes, then you must commit to this goal
and be willing to accept changes.
2) Your role as pastor must change – Once you
decide you want to grow, you’ll need to analyze your role as pastor.
You must be willing to change from minister to leader.
3) Mobilize members for ministry – Be willing to
give up some leadership and entrust ministry to the people in the pews.
4) Begin having multiple services – If you’re not
already doing so, I encourage you to seriously start planning for it. By
offering people a choice of services, you’re effectively putting
another hook in the water.
5) Multiply your staff – In order to grow past that
200 barrier, you must begin moving to multiple staff. You must begin to
specialize the staff under your leadership.
6) Plan big days – The best way I know to break
through barriers is to break a few all at one time. Plan a big day — an
event — and your numbers go up. Yes, they go back down afterwards, but
not as far as they were before the event. Keep doing this and you grow.
Big holidays are an obvious time to concentrate on events — Easter,
Christmas. Plan outreaches to the community.
7) Have multiple cells – Groups of 8-12 people. Cells
become tools for caring for the body.
8) Expand your facility – Many churches build
too small, too fast. What I’m saying is you need to plan for growth and
project out what your needs will be.
May God bless you and anoint you as you begin to implement these changes
Im a husband to Tonya, father to my 3 kids and a church planter. I pastor Church at the Creek in Anderson Creek NC and oversee a small network of churches called Open Arms International Ministries. You can visit our main website @ www.oaim.net. We have short term mission opportunities in the Philippines throughout the summer months.