15 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Perry Noble shares the 15 things you need to know as a new church planter.

From time to time, a church planter will ask me, “What do you wish someone would have told you before you began?” Here’s a list of 15 things I came up with …

#1—Everyone will not understand you … so stop trying to explain yourself. Cast vision … and move forward!

#2—Everyone will not like you … so stop trying to be popular.

#3—You don’t have to be the person who actually solves every problem. Admit you are not the smartest person, and let your experts be your experts.

#4—Spend way more time talking about who you are rather than who you are not.

#5—A leader is always an easy target because they are … a leader. So, get over yourself and get on with what God called you to do!

#6—When the Holy Spirit presses something into your heart … don’t ignore Him.

#7—Do not expect God’s next step to make sense.

#8—You can’t plan a move of God … but you must be prepared for one!

#9—Do not resist something just because you do not understand it!

#10—People who claim you “are not deep enough” are obsessed with information but have no desire to live out transformation.

#11—You don’t need to listen to everybody … but you had better be listening to somebody because God didn’t ask you to take this journey alone.

#12—Never apologize for asking people to commit to something. Jesus didn’t!

#13—The church has been underachieving for way too long … so dream big and don’t apologize for it.

#14—There will be days when you want to quit. Don’t. Jesus didn’t! (Remember … DON’T GIVE UP … if you are discouraged, take a second and read this!)

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Perry Noble
Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, Greenville and Florence, South Carolina. At just nine years old, the church averages over 10,000 people during weekend services and is launching another campus in Columbia, South Carolina. Perry is convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. A prolific blogger, he’s also the author of Blueprints: How to Build Godly Relationships.