10 Reasons not to join a church plant (or any church for that matter)

26 Apr

Interestingly enough I’ve had 2 very similar conversation on this theme over the last month or so. Which is why this post over on theresurgence particularly caught my eye. Here are the ten reasons, which I think pastors of established churches would concur with.

10 Reasons Not to Join a Church Plant:

  1. If you’re looking for the next cool thing in town (We want to grow by conversion growth, not church-goer transfer growth).
  2. If you’re a Christian and you don’t like your current church (You will find reasons to not like this church).
  3. If you have a bad track record at churches of being unteachable and causing problems (You won’t change here, you’ll repeat the pattern).
  4. If you’re a consumer wanting to “go to church” 1x a week for a nice show (We are not a Sunday show, we are a community of disciples on a mission).
  5. If you want religion (This church will be built on the radical gospel of grace).
  6. If you have an agenda (We have our vision, our mission, and our values–your private agenda does not supersede them).
  7. If you’re a wolf (We will sniff you out).
  8. If you think this will be a nice little church that stays the same size, where everybody knows your name and you have my cell number on speed dial and we have a picnic lunch together every week (By God’s grace, we want to grow).
  9. If you think this will be easy and smooth (This will be hard and difficult; this will be a fight, a battle, and a challenging mission).
  10. If you want to hold onto your comfortable life (You must lose your life).
See original post here.
And here are 4 reasons why people can join a church plant (from one of those conversations mentioned earlier):
  1. You’re born in the church – new babies get in free
  2. You’re re-born in the church – that’s what the church exists for
  3. You’re a ‘prodigal’ coming home
  4. You move strategically – with the blessing and support of current church

3 Responses to “10 Reasons not to join a church plant (or any church for that matter)”

  1. dai hankey 26/04/2011 at 10:24 am #

    Great post Sammy.

    Thanks for posting it.

    • Sammy Davies 26/04/2011 at 5:45 pm #

      I’m sure you’d have come across it sooner or later…and I’m pretty sure you new the 4 reason to join!


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