Recently when I was in a room full of pastors, we did an exercise where we were asked to develop a church planting strategy for a specific neighborhood. The objective was to learn to customize the church planting strategy to the specific neighborhood’s profile.
One pastor suggested that we create an after-school program for children in an apartment complex. Someone mentioned a service to provide single mom’s changes of oil for their cars. Another idea was to find those who don’t know English and offer conversational English classes. The pastors developed a long list of ideas to meet practical needs of the poor in the neighborhood.
What were three strategic issues that the pastors overlooked?
Issue #2: Targeting people that naturally relates to the core group.
The second strategic issue came out when the pastors were asked if any of us grew up with a background similar to the people who would benefit from these ministries, answer was no. None of the pastors were from a poor or immigrant background, but all of them wanted to start with these groups. Why is this?
Yes, mature believers need to be able to cross various boundaries in order to reach everyone in our communities. However, we shouldn’t expect those that we are serving to want to cross those boundaries to relate to us. We should at least start the church with people who would naturally relate to those in the core group and as time goes on broaden the base of the church so that eventually anyone would feel welcome there. A key to attracting new people to the core group is that the new people feel like people are like them in the church.
Tomorrow’s Issue #3. Partnering with other churches.