Don’t Plant a Church!

I’ve been training and coaching church planters for many years! I really love helping church planters to start new churches. But today I’ve decided to change my message to church planters.

Starting today, my message is:

Don’t Plant a Church!
Don’t Start Worship Services!
Start Making Disciples First!

You can watch this video to better understand why I’m telling church planters not to plant churches!

Here’s what I want to say to those who want to go start worship services and start a church in a new community: Don’t do it! Don’t plant a church!

Don’t make that your goal. You see, I work with a lot of church planters and it seems like the focus tends to always be on: What’s the worship gathering going to be like? and, What’s the venue? and, Where are we going to meet? and, How are we going to find a worship leader? and all the details and all the focus is consumed by how are we going to start worship services.

And I just want to say to you: Don’t start worship services! Instead, start making disciples!

Take your team, train them, equip them to be disciplemakers. Do what Jesus called us to do. Begin by making disciples, and make disciples who will make disciples, and then gather those disciples together and send them out to make more disciples.

After you’ve baptized new believers, and after you’ve trained them to make disciples, and after you’ve multiplied Missional Communities of disciplemakers engaging those in the culture around them with the message of the gospel… then, and only then, why don’t you think about starting worship services?

Today’s Missional Challenge

Don’t plant a church! Don’t start worship services! Start making disciples first!

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
4 replies
  1. Miguel Labrador
    Miguel Labrador says:

    Dave, I've had the same sentiments for a while now. I think this is a timely post. Yesterday, I issued a challenge to "Church Planters." It's simple, how do you define a Church Plant?"
    If the Link is inappropriate, feel free to remove it. My basic assumption is:
    "If you're defining "Church Plant" (noun) unbiblically, then you'll "Church Plant" (verb) unbiblically.

  2. Aidan Ashby
    Aidan Ashby says:

    Thanks, you've put into simple words some of what God's been saying to me recently.

    Jesus told us "I will build MY Church" so it's Him who builds Church, however He charged us to make disciples. As we do the disciple-making He will do the Church-making, building them into His Church, joined by the one Spirit into one body.

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