Stick to your values
Why do some church plants fail? I don’t know. But I do know that I’ve had to stay faithful to who I am. My values cannot be compromised regardless of local trends.
When things aren’t moving along as expected, it’s common to doubt yourself – especially to doubt who your are: You’re values. You begin to think that just maybe, you should be like someone else, someone more successful.
I’ve been approached by pastors in our area regarding some of my practices. Their question was clear: Why aren’t you like us? These questions were quite difficult as I struggled with the church planting process.
Sometimes I’ve wondered if being culture current for my town means being like the other churches. After all, they’ve been around much longer and seem to be successful.
Over the years, I’ve come to the realization that my values define who I am as a minister of the Gospel. If I try to change who I am, I’m trying to change what God wants to do through me in my community. I’ve got to stick to who I am.
Read the entire series: Why do some church plants fail?
- Trail of failures
- Persist in the process
- Stick to your values
- Continually share the Good News
- Seek out training
- Find fellowship
- Become a voracious reader
- Ask questions
- Leave a trail of influences
- Learn from criticism
- Learn from your mistakes
- Constantly raise up leaders