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#71: Erik Lawson - Church Planting
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God will never promote you beyond what your character can sustain.
Birthing a church is like birthing a child.
Pregnancy- this stage is the planting and growth of God’s vision for the church that He wants to birth through you. It is so important that this “pregnancy” is taken full-term, not birthed prematurely. During this time, it is important to trust the leaders in your life and their wisdom for timing.
It’s one thing to stand next to a leader and feel like you are carrying the weight of that leadership, but you won’t know the full weight of leadership until you get there yourself.
Building a Team
It is important to surround yourself with people that can come alongside you and lift your hands, not hang off your hands. People that bring solutions, not just problems, are critical to supporting a lead pastor.
It’s a privilege to get close to the “spiritual nakedness” of your leader. It’s in our brokenness that the light of Jesus shines through.
How do you manage the general weakness of your leader? Do you cover for your leader’s weakness or expose it?
It is often a temptation to judge your strength against your leader’s weakness, and this can easily lead to a critical spirit. Your job as your serve your leader is to reflect their heart and protect them.
Church planting is hard. There are harder places than others, and there are unique battles with every one.
Don’t measure your growth based on comparison of other churches’ growth.
Success at the end of the day is “Did I obey Jesus?”
The focus should be on building something healthy that honors God.
Ride the Natural Waves
There are natural waves that are built into our culture, how can we harness that momentum and ride it?
Example: putting a lot of energy and creativity into reaching the January crowd that naturally comes with the beginning of a new year.
This gives people a reason and tools to invite people.
Learn from Your Mistakes
If you do enough of the right things, God’s grace is big enough to cover the wrong things.
Determine that your family & marriage are not options to sacrifice in the name of ministry.
Learning to say “no” to good things so you can say yes to “God” things.
The greatest sermons are lived out, not preached from the pulpit.
Top responsibilities of a lead pastor:
1. Captain of the Ship: seek Jesus first
2. Culture: set & create the culture
3. Coach: pastor first, boss se