I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed. This week’s resource is a free Plus Membership for NewChurches.com—our new resource for church planting, multisite, and multiplication.
“When are you and Kaye going to have kids?” we were asked. And our response, which is typical, was “We aren’t ready yet.” And of course, the answer back to us was wise: “You will never be ready. There is never going to be a perfect time.”
Multiplying our family has been a joyful blessing, but it is not something you can adequately be ready for. It is so overwhelming, gloriously so, but overwhelming nonetheless. I am so grateful though that we did not wait until the “perfect time” because the perfect time would never have come.
There’s never a perfect time to have a baby. And there is never a perfect time to plant a church. Or launch a new campus. There is never a perfect time to multiply because multiplication is messy. If you wait until everything is perfect to multiply your ministry, you never will.
We can plan and prepare, but inevitably, there will always be curve balls. There will always be challenges. In church planting, the assessment process may have revealed issues that need to be dealt with, funding might be slow, or finding a location may be challenging. In launching a new campus, you may not be able to find the right campus pastor, figure out central services, or determine your decision-making matrix. In every case, multiplication is messy because life is messy.
While not waiting for perfection, wise leaders do plan and prepare. Our team recently developed NewChurches.com to serve you in your mission of making disciples through multiplication. Since multiplication is so important to the great and grand mission that Jesus gave us to make disciples of all nations, we wanted to create a resource that was focused specifically on it. At NewChurches.com, we will help you build a strong foundation by connecting you with top experts in the field of church planting and multisite ministry and by regularly providing you with the resources, information, and community you need to thrive. We want to help you be about the mission of multiplication. There will be regular blog posts, podcasts, events, and courses, but what we are most excited about is the personal attention that we’ll be able to give to you via a Plus Membership.
In fact, we’re even going to be giving away Plus Membership for free until January 15, 2016 (a $49/month value). Plus Membership is our way of helping you more personally by delivering exclusive content, help, coaching, and consultation when you need it, the way you need it. Plus Membership is kind of like having a church multiplication consultant at a fraction of the price—and it’s completely free until January 15, 2016.
Multiplication is messy, but through NewChurches.com, we’ll be there with you, every step of the way.