When Kay and I arrived in Orange County, it wasn’t our mission to plant a mega church. We wanted to plant a mission church.
That is, we wanted to plant a church that would plant other churches.
- We wanted to plant at least one daughter church per year, and we’ve gone beyond that.
- We wanted to send out at least 200 career missionaries, and we’ve sent out hundreds more than that.
- We wanted to send thousands to the mission field, and we’ve sent tens of thousands.
I’ve been saying this for 30 years now: You don’t judge the strength of a church by its seating capacity, but by its sending capacity!
The ultimate goal of the Purpose Driven paradigm of church leadership isn’t just maturity. It’s missions.
If you’re just starting out, or have any interest at all in church planting, carefully read these 10 basic principles of planting a multiplying church.
1. Start with focused prayer.
Kay and I spent six months praying and asking God where we should go. The Bible says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1 NIV).
More than any skill, talent, or resource, you need God’s guidance, direction, and blessing! So…Continue Reading