Most church planters, when they’re in the process of starting a new church, will put together a Launch Team, a group of people who are gonna do it with him. Yesterday I posted about how most church planters want as many people as they can get on their Launch Team, but I don’t. I want as many of the right people as I can get on my Launch Team. So who are the right people? In my mind they are:
- Non-Christians. I want as many people who don’t yet believe in Jesus as possible. Why? Because that’s who the church is supposed to reach out to. So why wait till later to do that? In fact, if you wait till later, it will probably be too late. Start living out the mission now, and you’ll continue to do so.
- Christians who get it. Get what? Well, get that. They get that the church is supposed to reach out to people who don’t yet know Jesus, not people who already follow Him. They get the mission, they get who you are, your vision, your values, and they want to be a part of it.
So who are the wrong people? Christians who don’t get it. Christians who want to be a part of your Launch Team because it seems like you’re starting a cool church, or want to be friends with the pastor, or think they can bring their own agenda because the church is just starting out, or want to get fed, or hope this church will be better than the one they used to go to.
Honestly, I’d rather have no Launch Team than have one made up of the wrong people.
So how do you get the right people and not the wrong people? I’m not sure, but next time I’ll share a little of the vision talk I gave on Friday night to let you know what I’m doing.