Become a voracious reader.
Why do some church plants fail? I don’t know. But I do know that I’ve had to become a voracious reader.
My focus for reading was centered on church planting, evangelism, church growth, leadership, management, marketing, and a variety of general topics as well. I don’t believe that this reading gave me all the answers I needed. But this constant reading would regularly force me to rethink what I do and how I do things in ministry.
Methods, practices, and systems were constantly tweaked on the basis of my readings. After all, it’s an ongoing learning process. I’ve never told anyone that I had no clue as to what I am doing, or that I am learning as I go. Let that be a secret.
Being bi-vocational throughout all my years of ministry, I’ve always been pressed for time. So, I would place a few books in different rooms in the house. In one sitting I may only be able to read two or three pages. This means it took me several months to finish one book. But eventually I would finish. Kindle books were another means that helped to use any spare time while traveling or waiting.
The slower pace of reading also helped me to process the information and apply them to the ministry and life.
Always looking forward to the next book.
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
13. Be in it for the long run
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