One of the greatest threats to your Church Plant getting off and staying off the ground is the undisciplined habit of saying “yes”. In the early days, ideas are sexy and tempting. If you are not careful they will woo you and lure you off course and off mission. Tweet this! There is a time and place for ideating but there is also a time and place for executing. Do your church a huge service and execute on the ideas you’ve already decided upon.
The ideal is learning how to say “yes” in order to say “no”. For example, if someone were to ask me to hang out this coming Sunday at 9am, I would easily and abruptly say “no”. It’s not that I don’t want to hang out, it’s just that I have already said “yes” to something. Make sense? This is what I call a pre-determined “yes”.
Some of the best time you can spend in the pre-launch days is working through your pre-decided “yes” list. For example, spend some time working through these questions below:
- What is your pre-decided “yes” to how you will do kids ministry?
- What is your pre-decided “yes” to the kind of music your church will have?
- What is your pre-decided “yes” to global missions?
- What is your pre-decided “yes” to how you will reach your community?
- What is your pre-decided “yes” to planting other churches?
Andy Stanley, once said:
“There are many things I can do, but I have to narrow it down to the one thing I must do. The secret of concentration is elimination. Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.”
Tools to consider :
- Start with Why by Simon Sinek Sinek
- 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney
- The Most Important Word by Pastor Craig Groeschel
- Six Ways to Say No by Pastors.com
- Great By Choice by Jim Collins
If you need church leadership help, my answer is most likely no. If you need Church Planting help, my answer has already been pre-decided…I’m here to help!