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					Church Planting
Landmines, Tom
Nebel and Gary

Review and Adaptation
by Bill Wiesman,

 Learning from failure is a key
  concept in life and successful
  church planting.
 Church Planting Landmines
  looks at many of the issues
  that can bring failure and gives
  practical advice on how to
  avoid these mistakes.
“Land Mines” include:
1. Ignoring personal health and growth
2. Lack of leadership development
3. Leadership backlash
4. Personal Evangelism entropy
5. Corporate Evangelism entropy
6. Inadequate Enfolding Strategy
7. Fear of money
8. Underestimating spiritual warfare
9. Misfiring on hiring
10. Delaying Missions Engagement
 Every NewStart leadership team
  should read this book before launch.
 In addition to describing the landmines,
  each chapter contains valuable insights
  and concrete guidelines for advance
  planning to avoid these common
 Many of these suggestions should be
  incorporated into the DNA of every
  NewStart prior to launch.
 Landmine #1: Ignoring
 Personal Health.
1.   The Abuse of Finances
2.   The Abuse of Power.
3.   Pride.
4.   Illicit Sexual Relationships.
5.   The Neglect of our Physical Bodies.
6.   Critical Family Issues.
7.   Plateauing.
 Strategies to Finish Well:
1. Intercessory Prayer Teams.
2. Disciplines: Ongoing Life of Spiritual Training vs.
   Trying. “I probably couldn’t run a marathon if I
   simply tried, but I probably could if I trained.”
3. Renewal Times. Suggest a signed pledge to
   take off one day a week, and at least one family
   vacation a year. Daily- quiet time, Weekly- day
   off, Monthly- retreat day, Annually- special events
   and extended vacations.
4. Mentoring and Accountability.
5. Being a Life-long learner.                         6
  Landmine #2: Lack of
  Leadership Development
 “Most church planters pray for God to bring
  them leaders, but God wants them to develop
  leaders. Every leader is responsible not just to
  build a team and manage a task, but to spot,
  encourage, and develop other leaders under
  their care.”

Natural vs. Spiritual Leaders
  Natural Leaders              Spiritual Leaders
1. Self-confident             1. Confident in God
2. Know People                2. Also know God
3. Make their own decisions   3. Seek to find God’s will
4. Ambitious                  4. Self-effacing
5. Originate own methods      5. Find God’s methods
6. Enjoy commanding others    6. Delight to obey God
7. Motivated by personal      7. Motivated by love for God
   considerations                and people
8. Independent                8. God-dependent

Creating a Leadership
Culture in a New Church
 1.   Must “re-define” Spiritual Leadership
 2.   Great Leaders are Teachable Leaders
 3.   Identify Emerging Leaders
 4.   Equip leaders Holistically
 5.   COACH
 6.   Celebrate Achievements
 7.   Create a Multiplying Mindset
Landmine #3: Leadership
  “Honest criticism is hard to take,
   particularly from a relative, a
   friend, an acquaintance, or a
   stranger.” Franklin Jones

  Causes of backlash
1. There may have been pre-existing
   leaders on site prior to the planter.
2. There are often insecurities on the part
   of the planter.
3. The planter has limited time available.
4. Potential leaders feel pressure to serve.
5. Assumptions are made that the initial
   leaders will be the perpetual leaders.
  A Solution that Works
1. Phase 1: The Pastor’s Advisory Team PAT
   A group of people that help the church planter
   make decisions prior to the launch date.
2. Phase 2: The Transitional Advisory Group
   TAG Team After the PAT is dissolved at
   launch , a new leadership team takes the
   church on to the next level for a specific
   period of time, perhaps a year.
3. Ph 3: The Short-term Leadership Team SLT
4. Phase 4: Formal Board
 Further Recommendations on
 Phased Progressions:

1. Use as many phases as you need and any
   names you want.
2. In the beginning, don’t give away roles, give
   away jobs. Roles connote titles, position, and
   policy making, but jobs connote service.

  Landmine #4: Personal
  Evangelism Entropy
 Entropy is the natural and irreversible
  tendency toward disorder in any system
  without an external source of energy. As
  the church gets older and older it
  becomes harder to keep evangelism on
  the front burner because of all the
  competing issues that keep pushing it
1. Remember that you are a missionary to
   your community.
2. Upgrade your networking skills.
3. Be available to those experiencing life
4. Share your wins, losses and blunders
   continually with the church. (Not just the
  Landmine #5: Corporate
  Evangelism Entropy.
 Reasons
1. Postpartum syndrome. After the intensity of
   birth, there is always some kind of let-down.
2. The church may have had an ineffective grand-
   opening or launch. (Best times, early fall or pre-
3. The tyranny of the urgent. Urgent items are
   those that require immediate attention, whether
   important or not. Important items contribute to
   your mission, values, your high priority goals.
   Important matters that are not urgent require
   more initiative, more proactivity.              16
  Equipping: A Strategy for
  Overcoming Corporate
1. Fueling the prayer life of your
2. Training your people to be
   storytellers; Theirs, Churches, Jesus
3. Training your people to be inviters
   and includers.
  Landmine #6: Inadequate
  Enfolding Strategy
 Launching a new church is so event
  oriented, with the planning and
  preparation of the public worship services,
  that something is likely to suffer, such as
  poor follow-up of newcomers. A clear
  strategy is needed before the church
  opens its doors and the strategy needs to
  be revisited and reworked again and
  again.                                  18
  Six Things to improve the
  enfolding strategy
1. First impressions.
2. Response filtering. Use a response card. Use
   the card for the communication of the whole
   church. Hand out pens. Have the card
   mentioned at least three times (welcome,
   offering, prayer time). Train your people
   continually to use the card.
3. Second Touch.
Second Touch Thermometer
 90-100 A gift delivered to their home by a
  volunteer before they get home after the
 80-90 A gift delivered to their home by a
  volunteer within 24 hours of their visit.
 70-80 A phone call from a volunteer within 48
  hours of their visit.
 60-70 A gift delivered to their home by a
  volunteer within 48 hours of their visit.
 50-60 A phone call from the pastor within 24
  hours.                                       20
Second Touch Thermometer
 40-50 A gift delivered to their home by the pastor or
  staff within 48 hours of their visit.
 30-40 A personalized letter from the pastor or staff
  addressing a specific question or concern, with
  appropriate materials enclosed. Example: What is
  child dedication?
 20-30 A personalized letter from the pastor or staff
  with a stamped First Impression Card enclosed.
 10-20 A personalized letter from the pastor or staff.
 0-10 A form letter from the pastor or staff.
 0 – No Response.                                      21
     Six Things to improve the
     enfolding strategy (con’t)
4.   Next Steps. Refers to understanding, communicating, and
     offering programming for the next step in someone’s spiritual
     journey. Offer next steps for seekers, visiting believers,
     regular attendees, and committed members.
5.   Modular Training. This is a systematic approach to help new
     converts and believers work through spiritual formation
     issues, develop the life ministry skills, and make the critical
     commitments they need to move toward spiritual maturity and
     multiplication. Rick warren’s baseball diamond is an
6.   Empowering converts. Maturity is an issue of obedience and
     responsibility, not an issue of longevity. Church planters
     need to have a vision and a process of turning the church
     over to their converts.                                       22
Landmine #7: Fear of Money
 The roots of fear or neglect of money
  relates to the church planters
  personal rejection issues, coupled
  with a skeptical society rampant with
  stories of financial abuse.

1. Agree on some foundational issues: God
   blesses faithful stewards; it’s not about what
   the church needs, it’s about what the Lord
   wants; it’s okay to teach about tithing.
2. Create a Stewardship Culture. Suggestion to
   use God’s Guarantee Card, ala John
   Maxwell. (Gives back everything given after
   90 days if the Lord doesn’t bless.)
3. Recommend the traditional offering rather
   than an offering box. If you use an offering
   box must still model and teach stewardship.  24
 Solutions (con’t)

4. Financial seminars, small groups and
5. Bulletin and newsletter reminders.
6. Capital campaigns.
7. Finally, be seeker friendly. It’s very
   possible to teach and model good
   stewardship without being labeled as
   money-hungry.                            25
Landmine # 8: Underestimating
Spiritual Warfare
 You may know that prayer is not the
  preparation for the battle, prayer is the battle. If
  you don’t believe it you will step on landmine
  number 8. Those involved in church planting
  need to approach it with a biblical worldview,
  having a healthy respect for the unseen world.
  Spiritual warfare as it is levied against church
  planters and their churches can be placed into
  one of three categories; discouragement,
  distractions, or disqualifications.              26
 Ideas for Creating a God-
 dependent Church
1. Create a culture of dependence. Regularly
   communicate and set the tone that this is a
   church that needs God.
2. Intercession Teams.
3. Specialized Prayer Teams. One idea, a
   prayer meeting at 6am that is only to pray for:
   growing church attendance, conversions, and
   hurting people.
4. Fasting                                     27
 Ideas for Creating a God-
 dependent Church (con’t)
5. Specialized Prayer Meetings.
6. Prayers for Healing.
7. The Individual Prayer Life of the Leader.
   There seems to be at least a correlational
   linkage between the spiritual vitality of a
   leader and the blessing of God on the

  Landmine #9: Misfiring on
 Getting the right people in your
  organization will determine the level of
  success that you will see.

The Youth Pastor Mistake and
the Shepherd-Equipper Tension.
 There is nothing that will institutionalize your
  church more than hiring a full time youth pastor.
  Hiring a full time youth pastor as your first staff
  person reinforces the idea that only
  professionals can do ministry rather than the
  idea of staff being the equippers of ministry.
 An equipping leader can recruit, train, and
  coach other leaders to do the ministry of the
  Problem of Settling for
  What You Can Afford
 There are no blue light specials when it
  comes to finding exceptional people.
 Churches tend to look for: stability,
  structure, subordinates, saving money,
  someone to shape.
 Impact players look for: excitement,
  flexibility, partnerships, compensation, to
  shape others.
1. First hire should be a part-time specialist focusing on
   the areas worship, children’s ministry, or
   administration. These ministries directly affect the
   Sunday morning attendance.
2. If you are going to hire a full-time person, then hire a
   generalist, a leader who can oversee and equip
   leaders in several areas of the ministry.
3. Develop a Process for Hiring. What do they look
   like? Where do You Find Them? What do you do
   When They are in Front of You? How do You Make
   the Decision?

  Landmine # 10: Delaying
  Mission Engagement
 Most new churches and planters declare
  that their mission includes participating in
  the greater mission of building God’s
  Kingdom around the world and often that
  they want to be a “reproducing church
  planting other churches”. But, somewhere
  along the way diversions occur or a shift
  of the heart takes place.
  Too Weak, Too Strong, and
  the Curse of the “Y” Word
 Some churches are not as strong as originally
  anticipated, finances are tight, and the workload is
  heavy. These churches see themselves as too weak
  to give away people or money or prayer beyond their
  own needs.
 Just the opposite can also occur. The church has
  grown to a certain level of success and health. For
  some mysterious reason the “Y” word- yet- appears.
  “We’re not ready – “yet” to give… or sacrifice… or take
  risks.” The church wants to buy land, or add a staff
  person, or any number of other causes and this leads
  them to think that they are not ready –yet.
 Reasons to be a Missional
1. Our theology requires it.
2. God blesses generosity.
3. Obligation and integrity. (to the ones
   who made your journey possible, the
   denomination or sending body.)
4. The need

 Ways to Maintain Your
 Missional Commitment
1. Plant a daughter church. (Birth before
   we build?)
2. Be generous. Don’t wait to be obedient
   to the Lord. Give away at least 10%.
3. Participate in the life of the
   denomination or sending agency.
4. International Missions Involvement.
Case Study

The Pointe Church of the Nazarene
White House, Tennessee

 Lead Pastor and church planter, Todd Bush has
  served for more than fifteen years in contemporary
  church ministry, beginning ministry working
  extensively with youth and young adults, then
  serving nearly thirteen years as Lead/Senior
  Pastor. Todd has been married for nearly fourteen
  years to Yolanda and they have three wonderful
  sons – Elijah; who is eleven years old, Levi; who is
  seven years old, and Joel; who is three years old.
 Worship & Creative Arts Pastor, Bill Petty
  was born and raised in Nashville. Bill and Cinda
  have two precious children, Eve and William. Bill's
  passion is to serve God and influence others
  through ministry founded in music and arts. In
  2007, God introduced Bill to Pastor Todd Bush,
  revealing a common vision for a new ministry in
  White House, TN. Bill’s accomplishments include
  Male Vocalist of the Year for the 2008 CIA Music
 Senior Adult Pastor, Jack Oden is a native of
  Nashville, TN. Jack and Faye have been
  married for 39 years and have two children and
  two grandchildren. Jack has been an
  ordained minister since 1985 and in full-time
  ministry for 25 years. Senior Adult Night takes
  place on Wednesday nights @ 6:30 pm.

White House, Tennessee

    2000 Population 32,136
    2000 Unclaimed estimate 16,768
    2008 Estimated Population 38,427
    Above average Growth expected
    2013 Population Projection 42,410
    41.4% of households have children
     compared to National average of 33.4%
White House, Tennessee

The Pointe Church of the
    Began in Community Center 09/2007
    Averaging 125 to 150 in Worship
    Multiple Community Outreach Events
    “First Steps” and “Next Steps”
    Connect Groups
    Contemporary Worship

“Land Mines” include:
1. Ignoring personal health and growth
2. Lack of leadership development
3. Leadership backlash
4. Personal Evangelism entropy
5. Corporate Evangelism entropy
6. Inadequate Enfolding Strategy
7. Fear of money
8. Underestimating spiritual warfare
9. Misfiring on hiring
10. Delaying Missions Engagement