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101 Questions Church Planters Ask
2 minutes | 12 days ago
That's A Wrap For Season 1
What a year 2020 was! Please submit your questions that we will tackle in 2021.
16 minutes | 19 days ago
What Advice Would You Give Church Planters?
We've taken 101 Questions Church Planters Ask Podcast on the Road! In this episode we are Live at the s2 Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The conference is filled with church planters and established churches that want to be strong enough to multiply. So we put a microphone in front of church planters and asked them to give some advice to current and future church planters.
17 minutes | a month ago
Should My Church Plant Do A Christmas Eve Service In Pre-Launch Phase
If you think that doing a Christmas Eve service in your Pre-Launch Phase you may want to think again. While it may be a perfect way to get exposure and gain some launch team members it often will not achieve the outreach you expect. In this episode we'll look at some other options and explain why holding off on a Christmas eve service in Pre-Launch phase may be your best growth strategy.
25 minutes | a month ago
What Are The Best Ways To Engage The Community?
When you are a church planter, its more than just gathering a crowd for worship services. You need to find ways to embed yourself in the community and help your team to do the same thing. In this episode Danny and special guest Christ Highfill discuss 10 ways that you can engage the community whether you are pre-launch phase or already up and running.
24 minutes | a month ago
How can my church plant use International Freelancers & Virtual Assistants?
Do you want to know one of the greatest tools to help your church plant? What if I told you that there are people from around the globe that you can hire for projects such as design, web, video, audio, architecture, data entry, IT, marketing and more? The world of freelancers and virtual assistants is at your finger tips.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Should I Consider Dual Affiliation?
There really is no reason to plant a church a lone these days. There are multiple church planting networks and denominations to help you. Many planters wonder if they have to choose just one or if it makes sense to have a couple groups you work with. We explore the advantages and challenges of dual affiliation in this episode.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
What's the Deal with Church Merch?
If you do Church Merch right it can be one of your most effective and inexpensive marketing tools. There are so many upsides to equipping your people with the right stuff. Learn when to invest in quality apparel vs when to get promotional SWAG.
9 minutes | 2 months ago
Should A Pastor Opt Out of Social Security?
If you are new to being a pastor or church planter, chances are someone has told you "You should opt out of social security!" In this episode I will walk through the IRS social security exemption that is allowed for clergy but also explain who qualifies and the dangers of opting out if you don't meet the true exemptions.
23 minutes | 2 months ago
How Do I create Mission, Vision, Core Values For My Church Plant?
It's pretty common for one of your earliest steps in church planting to write a Mission Statement and also Vision and Values Statement. Understanding the differences in these and composing them correctly can really help you communicate with clarity. As the church plant grows transferring mission, vision, and values to your people will be key in accomplishing big things for the Lord.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
How Important Is A Seminary Degree For A Church Planter?
Many church planters wonder if they need a Seminary degree or a Bible degree Before they start the church plant. In this episode we discuss some of the advantages of formal education but also explore why Seminary isn't for everyone. Also if you do go to seminary either before the church plant or during the plant what you might want to focus on.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
What Might Spiritual Warfare Look Like In a Church Plant
In this episode Danny parmelee and Lee Stephenson discuss what spiritual warfare might look like in a church plant and how to recognize it and combat it.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Should I Consider Bivocational Church Planting?
Danny Parmelee along with Brad Briscoe talk about Bivocational Church Planting and the different things you should consider if you are going down this path. For some it is a great fit and will help to maximize ministry while others in a different context may not.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Should I Have Non-Christians On My Launch Team?
First it's important to understand the difference between a core team and a launch team. In this episode I will discuss how your approach to launch team members in general will help you to figure out WHO should be on your team and why this perspective might challenge what you've heard else where. Even going so far as to say that the strength of your launch team may not be as tied to the equality of individual commitment.
14 minutes | 3 months ago
What Should I Do When No One Shows Up?
Leadership is lonely. Its even more lonely when people you expected to show up at your meetings, trainings, events, or Sunday worship gatherings are simply just not there. In this episode we'll explore some of the self leadership to work through that but also practical follow up ideas.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
How Do I Maximize Email Marketing & Communication?
Email is not dead.As annoying as you may consider emails to be, they are still an essential daily function of most everyone's lives, and the best way to keep in contact with the majority of your community. Consider the email addresses you collect like flecks of gold: they are a small but highly valuable piece of information on the people in your community that you can use to connect with them in the future. When you add all these flecks of gold together (your email strategy) you will have a valuable tool to reach many people for Christ. Use your web domain for your email address as soon as possible. Having your email connected to your church plant's website instead of Gmail.com, Yahoo.com, etc. adds the appearance of legitimacy and establishes professionalism. Also, this allows people to copy and paste your website from your email address into their web browser and access your website once it's set up.Use an email marketing service. There are all kinds of email marketing websites, even sites connected to church data management software. As soon as possible, start using a service (we suggest mailchimp because it's free up to 2,000 contacts). Using an email marketing service helps to manage and organize your contacts while sending a well-designed email. Yes, you still send personal emails to people using your standard email but this is key as you grow the amount of people you reach. Group and sort your audiences.It's best to gather your email addresses and contact information according to the function and role of the individual. Here are a few examples of ways to group and sort your audiences: Prayer Team Financial Supporters Launch Team General Interest This also helps you to capture the attention of those who aren't interested in being involved until the official launch of your church plant. As you grow as a church, people can pick and choose which category of emails they're interested in receiving-- or even opt out of receiving emails.Discover your own frequency and rhythm for sending emails.The context of your church plant determines your frequency and rhythm-- and determining this comes with time, as well as trial-and-error. Monthly updates to financial supporters, weekly emails to your church plant's launch team, and other email types are valuable rhythms to start with, and adjust as needed. Emails sent too frequently are often ignored, whereas emails sent too sparingly give time for contacts to lose interest. Subject lines matter.For great examples of email subject lines, check out Bridges in Nashville and subscribe on their website's email newsletter submission form. Pastor Kurtis Parks sends some great email newsletter subject lines.The truth is, it doesn't matter how incredible your email is if no one is interested enough to open it. You don't want click-bait that misrepresents what your email is about, or titles that express every single email contains essential information: but you do want to attract interest and make readers curious enough to click on the email.Use more pictures and less words.You only have a few seconds of your reader's attention once they open your email. Don't show big blocks of words at the top or make your email painfully long to read: readers will click away if they're overwhelmed with too much information at once. I recommend a billboard-style approach: blocks of photos with just a bit of essential info that links to further details on your website or elsewhere. Putting the details on your website instead of the body of the email also helps drive clicks to your site, which helps put you higher up in search engine results.Pay attention to your analytics.A day or two after sending an email, check open rates (even see exactly who opened it), link click analytics, and anything else you can see from your email marketing service's data. Take note of where people are clicking for more details to gauge interest in what you're promoting and sharing. The average open rate for non-profit email newsletters is 15-20%, so manage your expectations and use your data to help increase your effectiveness for future newsletters.Drive people to your other channels.Create a path in every email to not only your website, but also to your social media channels and contact information. You'll never be able to reach every person through one channel, but giving individuals opportunities to connect on their favorite platforms will help everyone stay informed and connected to your church plant in the way they prefer. As a general marketing and communication principal you want to create synergy by having your emails drive people to your website and social platforms, you want your social platforms to drive people to your website so you can get their email address, and you want your website to drive them to your church services, small groups, missional communities. Each one of these feeds the other, and creates momentum and multiple channels of communication and ultimately connection. That is what your ultimate goal is connection and relationship, not just open rates and followers. But open rates and followers are often the path to that connection.
13 minutes | 4 months ago
How & Why Should I Raise Financial Support? 2 of 2
Last episode we looked and the foundation of WHY to raise financial support for your church plant. Now we look at the HOW to raise financial support. It is Not an easy process but it is one that will do much more than just raise money. You cast vision and gain ministry partners not just donations.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
How & Why Should I Raise Financial Support? 1 of 2
In this episode we discuss with Dr. Steve Shadrach the WHY behind raising financial support. This looks at some of the biblical reasons and examples of raising financial support along with some of the pragmatic benefits of raising personal funds for church planting.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
How Much Should A Church Planter Be Paid?
Determining the salary of a pastor can be difficult and especially difficult for a church planter since there isn't a history of salary for the church. Here we discuss how to set salary for a church planter.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
When Should I Appoint Elders in the Church Plant
It is critical to have Godly leadership in your church. However it can be very dangerous to rush the process of appointing elders in the church
25 minutes | 5 months ago
Who Should I Be On The Lookout For That Might Destroy The Church?
You will have people that will create division and conflict in your church plant. Listen here to know what to look out for.
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