Each part of this series contains 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.
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…
#27 I would be responsible for and the authority over the church, but I would not be responsible for or the authority over the individual members who make up the church.
#28 Submission to me as pastor would be voluntary, rather than expected or enforced as it relates to the individual participants in our church.
#29 I can add or subtract to this list as I see fit.
#30 Should there be a need to begin another home group we would do so and plan to have regular gatherings of the different home groups for fellowship.
#31 We would not have as a goal to ‘grow’ our groups. If groups grow they will do so organically through relationships instead of programs.
What are your thoughts?