By Danny Parolee
I have yet to meet a church planter who hasn’t faced a growth barrier. I also haven’t met a church planter who is ok with that barrier holding them back from what God has placed in their heart. This is why I’m excited about the Breaking Barriers pre-conference event at Exponential East this year. Church planters bump up against a number of different growth barriers (volunteer base, small group development, weekend attendance, finances, adding service & sites, multiplying plants, etc).
After coming to Christ in college, I ended up at a church plant that was all about planting more churches. There’s no doubt that God used this time not only to grow in my walk with Him but also forming my call to church planting. After finishing college and seminary, my wife and I loaded up the U-haul and moved to Milwaukee, WI to plant epikos church in 2005. We started in our living room, but even after 1 year post launch we were under 80 attenders, our annual offering was $40,000, and we were desperate for volunteers. There were amazing stories of people coming to Christ and experiencing great life transformation. There were also times of discouragement and…Continue Reading