Who do you want on your church planting core team?
So you have worked out you have the characteristics of a church planter, you’ve realised from Acts 18 that most people will come because you ask them, but who do you ask?
1) Make a wish-list of the skills in the plant you will need in the early days
- Potential leadership team
- Worship leader
- Kids worker
- Welcome team – catering, hospitality…
Realise that for the first 18months it will be like a space rocket launch – lots of energy will need to expended by everybody to break “gravity” before settling into an onward growth pattern. So everyone will need to get stuck in to everything. That said recruit what you need, by praying publicising the wish list and ask, ask, ask…
2) Chemistry, Character and Competence. As Bill Hybels points out in “Courageous Leadership” – your core team will need to have all three in abundance. If you don’t have chemistry you will fall it. If there are character issues, they will fall messily and if there is no competency, things will go wrong!
3) Make some big asks.
First time round I didn’t have a leadership team from word go and that made things a lot tougher. This time I made sure I went with a small leadership team! Pray about who you want and ask them. When I grabbed Andy & Jenny King one Sunday, to arrange a coffee to ask them, they said “You’re not going to ask us to come to King’s Lynn are you?”! So I did and eventually they said yes, ticking off a fair few of my wish list!
People in their twenties, dinkies (dual income no kids) and those approaching retirement or just retired are often the easiest to ask, but it is worth asking as many as you can – if you don’t ask you don’t get.
4) Get a website up and use Google Adwords
Find someone who can do a website for you. Google Adwords puts you at the top of the page on a Google search – a good number of people have come from clicking an ad. Set a monthly budget of £30 to make sure the ads get shown – although we have never paid more than a few pounds a month.
5) Do a Church Plant proposal
Produce a document to give your best prospects with information about the location, your vision, nees and budgets. A future post will be a tutorial on how.