by Patrick Bradley: The time just before your church plant launch can be an exciting but stressful time. So why would you want to pile up more stress on top?
I’ve seen church planters weather some tough life events in the first few years of a church plant. I think some of the hardest are those less than about 30 days before (or after) a church plant launch.
Some life events, of course, can’t be avoided. You gotta do what you gotta do. But some are self-inflicted.
Ever seen one of those stress inventories where you add up points for different life events? To see if you’re at risk of a health breakdown? By my quick review of the list, planting a church gets you halfway to ‘at risk’ even if everything goes perfectly.
So I offer you here my top pre-church-plant-launch no-nos:
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