1 – Discern if this is God’s calling.
If it is just a feeling in your gut without direction from God, it will fail. This is a BIG responsibility so take it seriously. Gather some trusted, mature disciples together to fast and pray. See what God shows you. Discuss it together and make a decision – yes or no.
2 – Form a team
You will not succeed in a kingdom sense without a team. Jesus instructed them to not go it alone. We see this in Acts. They listened. You need to listen as well.
3 – Clarify your purpose.
If your purpose is a reaction to what you don’t like about church, it is dead in the water. Go back to the Bible and study. Pray through what you read. Then get to know your neighborhood, ask people what the needs are. Find the intersection of the biblical purpose of the church and the specific needs of your community and talents/gifts of your team.
4 – Choose the format that best advances the purpose
Is this big church scaled down? Anticipate burnout – fewer people doing more work. Is this more like life group/small group that is all about fellowship? Are you serious about discipleship – you might consider three thirds groups or Discovery Bible study as part of the Sunday format.
5 – Don’t neglect the details but don’t wait on perfection.
Here are many of them already laid out for you to help you avoid the headaches. Some mistakes are inevitable. It means you are trying!
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