Church Planting

058 - Passion 4 Planting

Sean Cronin joins me for episode 058 of the show. He works for our church planting organization called "Passion 4 Planting." The heart of P4P is to see churches multiply with the purpose of making disciples who make disciples. They come alongside churches with project management, free resources, templates, planter residencies, assessments and more. If you have ever felt the tug toward church planting, I can't recommend touching base with P4P enough.

Even if you aren't a church planter in waiting, your church can still connect with P4P. Maybe you have a dream for going multi-site or launching churches. P4P comes alongside those churches and leaders to help with training, preparation and strategies to get there. So P4P isn't just for brand new startups. Their mindset is a Kingdom mindset to help churches multiply and make disciples.

Highlights | 

  • We developed our system partly to come alongside churches to help them multiply and make disciples.
  • We have a vision to multiply, but how do we do it?
  • We are helping church planter residents ask the right questions about how to plant a church.
  • Let's be intentional and strategic about leadership development with our church plants.
  • The smartest thing Dave Ferguson has ever done was connecting NewThing to Passion 4 Planting.
  • Bootcamp breaks down strategies and plans for your church plant into a week long intensive training.
  • We partner with local churches to help them with strategies by giving away free tools and templates.
  • If you have questioned if God is calling you to plant a church, take part of Passion 4 Planting's assessment to find discernment.
  • Many planters are vision drunk on their own vision.
  • The wells of resources for church planting are drying up and church planters are going to have to be more creative when it comes to funding their plants.

Links | 

Website - http://church-planting.net

Twitter - https://twitter.com/4planting

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/passion4planting/

NewThing Network - http://newthing.org 

Phil Ling Book - The Generosity Tsunami

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056 - Creating Safe Places

A topic on everyone's minds after the recent school shooting in Florida, along with the church shooting in Texas, is simply that of safety. While it's not a topic we enjoy or want to think about, with our society devolving into chaos, it's one that must be discussed. My friend, Travis Ludvigsen, a fire marshal from Loudoun County is my guest to discuss safety and training in a church setting. Travis is passionate about ministry and is a disciple maker at our church. He is as genuine as they come. He shares practically some things you need to be thinking through when it comes to keeping your people, families and kids safe at your church.

Highlights |

  1. Top priority should be safety for your families and kids.
  2. Your team leaders and volunteers need to know the safety plan. 
  3. We must plan and train for "What if" situations.
  4. Look for someone in your church with public safety experience already to help build a plan and help with training.
  5. Deescalation (verbal judo) is one of the first priorities you need in place. Not every situation needs a "hammer."
  6. Talk to the school or theater you meet in to ask what current safety procedures are already in place. 
  7. Buy high quality, walkie-talkies, so that you can communicate between concrete walls and long hallways.
  8. Use of force is the absolute last resort.
  9. The ultimate goal in an active shooter situation is simply to save lives.
  10. David didn't use other people's armor or equipment to take down Goliath. He used what he knew and had trained with. Your safety plans must be contextualized to your setting!
  11. You must know the current laws in your area regarding safety procedures so that you are operating inside the law and are protected in case something does happen.

Travis isn't big into social media, but if you want to follow him on Twitter, you can do that right here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to him.

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052 - Courage To Lead

In this conversation, I talk with Shawn Lovejoy about his coaching ministry, Courage to Lead. He is having the time of his life pastoring pastors. Shawn has seen some of the great successes of the mega church. He is a church planter. He has great insight and practical wisdom when it comes to ministry. 

We talk specifically about Courage to Lead, but then also touch on systems, teams and culture. Every tension in ministry can be boiled down to these three growth gears; right system, right team and right culture. Shawn breaks this down for us in this episode.

Highlights

  1. Some of us are great players, others of us are better coaches.
  2. We coach leaders through what keeps us up at night.
  3. The three growth gears of ministry: right system, teams and culture
  4. Every church is perfectly structured for the results they're getting now.
  5. We wait on God to grow our ministry, but God is waiting on us to structure for growth.
  6. If the only way someone can be saved is to meet with me (the pastor), then I'm the bottleneck on our ability to grow.
  7. A system is a bridge that moves things and people from where they are to where they need to be.
  8. The majority of people are introverts. Rise introverts!
  9. We assimilated 500 people into small groups in a 2-week period of time because we utilized the power of a simple step.
  10. It's lazier to sit around and check my inbox to see if someone needs me than to be intentional about creating systems.

Resources

Courage to Lead - http://www.couragetolead.com

Shawn Lovejoy - http://twitter.com/shawnlovejoy

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051 - Leadership Development

All pastors should be in the business of leadership development. If you aren't developing leaders around you and preparing people to lead in ministry areas, then you are probably building your ministry around you and limiting your church to whatever you can accomplish. The most important part of leadership development is deciding to develop leaders. After that, it's all about putting it together.

Matt Adair joins me from Athens, Georgia. He is a former National Director for the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. He is currently a lead pastor and coaches leaders through 5 Factors Leadership. In this episode he shares practical insights into how to go about developing leaders.

Highlights

  1. Leadership development is taking someone who is a leader or potential to be a leader and helping them maximize their potential.
  2. Leaders are all around you. You probably call them volunteers.
  3. One thing that connects all leaders is a sense of competence.
  4. Three development questions: 1. How are you? 2. What are you working on? 3. How can I help you?
  5. To find leaders, clarify what leadership is and what opportunities for leadership there are.

Links

5 Factors Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/five-factors-a-podcast-about-leadership/id1280143273?mt=2

5 Factors Leadership - https://fivefactors.net/welcome

Pipeline Academy - https://fivefactors.net/sales-page15679704

Follow Matt on Twitter - https://twitter.com/mattadair

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047 - Digital Bootcamp

Don't let the onslaught of digital changes in the world be the things that prevents your church or ministry from moving forward. While everything in our world is changing at a very fast pace, there are opportunities out there to learn and grow with it.

In this episode, Tom Pounder shares about Digital Bootcamp, an online group that is helping pastors, church leaders and volunteers to grow in their knowledge and application of the digital world. You don't want to miss this episode or what's going on at Digital Bootcamp.

Some of our conversation boils down to:

  1. Learning the digital and online world is a constant learning experience. You never arrive.
  2. There is no shortage of resources available online to learn.
  3. Digital Bootcamp is for anyone with a desire to learn digital tools to expand their reach and to help people come to know Christ.
  4. Digital ministry is an opportunity to disciple someone to serve in this area.
  5. Digital Bootcamp is FREE training for a digital and online world.

Links |
Digital Bootcamp
Tom Pounder
YM Sidekick
Church Marketing Sucks
Social Media Examiner
ProChurch Tools
Jay Kranda
Social Media Church Podcast
Church Communications Group

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I send a weekly email out on Friday mornings full of great content from around the web. I include a ministry leader you should be following on social media. And I throw in some other fun stuff along the way like Starbucks gift cards so you can get a cup of coffee in the morning. You can subscribe at stanrodda.com and I'll throw in my eBook for FREE as my way of saying, "Thanks."