Before You Plant a Church – Part 3 – Manage Expectations

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 8.00.14 PMSurvey the 80s teen classic movies on Netflix, and you’ll find recurring themes: alienation, being misunderstood, suffering the hells of being “uncool”, and a radical transformation, where the balance of power is restored. The geek gets the girl, and the weakling triumphs over the tough guy. The Karate Kid was this movie to me, when I was six years old. While I wasn’t bullied as a kid, I did often feel out of control. Watching Daniel-Son (played by Ralph Macchio) start out being beat up by the ‘cool kids’, but then learn Karate (in what appeared to be a two week time period), and defeat the coolest kid made me want to take Karate classes. The reality was, I wanted the benefits of Karate; power, control, and the ability to crane kick my way out of any situation. I was able to talk my parents into signing me up for a Karate class. I hated it. I expected that in a matter of weeks I would be a lean, mean 1st grader fighting machine, but the reality was, I couldn’t even keep my balance on one foot. Karate was much more difficult to learn than it appeared, so I quit. Continue reading

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Before You Plant a Church – Part 2 – Learn Your Area

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In my last post I emphasized the importance of having your wife, your first church member of your new church plant, on board with your calling and mission.  If that has been secured, then it is important to identify the location that you will plant in, and then learn as much about it as you can.

In 2007, we sold our house in the suburbs of Houston to go move with some new friends to Brenham, TX to plant a new church. Boasting twenty-five thousand (in the county), it was a gigantic shift in cultural perspective. We moved from a house built in 2003 to a house built in 1936, from a place with any and every store, to a place with very limited options. Continue reading

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