Each part of this series will contain five or six ways I’d do it different if I were planting a church again. I’ve already done it (planted a church) three times before retiring and becoming a full time leadership coach. A few of the ways I’d do it differently are actually repeats of ways I did church in the past, but most of them represent a new approach. Also, my list is in no way a criticism of how you do church or how others do church.
I’m not sure I will elaborate much on my list, maybe a little, but not much. If you have questions then post a comment and I’ll reply. Also, this list is not in any order of importance, it’s just what came out of me as I began writing. Ready? Here we go.
If I planted a church again…
#15 Participants would be responsible for their own walk with God and spiritual growth.
#16 The church would be pastor-lead but member-driven.
#17 Worship in our meetings would not be limited to or dependent upon musical instruments or singing. We would have an expanded understanding of what worship is.
#18 There would be a focus on learning and practicing the spiritual disciplines.
#19 This whole approach to ‘doing church’ would be regarded as an experiment that might not work. We will be fine with it if it does not work. We would be comfortable with closing it down if need be.
#20 We would share our possessions with one another with the understanding that they be returned within an agreed upon period of time and in the same or better condition then when they were borrowed.
What are your thoughts? Which of these do you think would work and would not work? Which of these resonates with you the most? Leave a comment.