2. There is power in new.
As Christians, we understand the power of new. We receive new mercies, are new creations, and will one day enjoy a new heaven and a new earth. And God uses “new” to advance His kingdom. Research I have been part of has shown that new Christians share the gospel more than those who have been Christians a long time, new churches reach more people than existing ones, and new groups connect new more than existing groups.
3. Pressure both exposes and develops.
Pressure exposes us and pressure develops us. In our spiritual lives we are wise when we allow pressure to bring to the surface places where we need to repent and to allow the trial/struggle to push us to maturity. The same is true organizationally. In the last several months launching four new congregations put pressure on “the system,” (communication plans, consistent training, all those important nuts and bolts processes) and the pressure forced us to develop.
4. There are young leaders ready for big opportunities.
Early in the pandemic our team commented that we would likely see some younger leaders emerge through the new opportunities God was putting in front of us. And we have seen many passionately and humbly step into new opportunities and God is using them in profound ways.
5. A moving ship is easier to steer.
A mentor shared that with me years ago and it has stuck. Instead of overanalyzing and getting paralyzed, just start moving. Things never go as planned anyway, and if you are moving it is easier to steer. I am not advocating for haphazard planning (I am a planner) but for not getting bogged down to the point that you never move, or never move joyfully.
This article on launching a new church originally appeared here, and is used by permission.