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How Do You Create a Culture of Sending
By New Churches Team
Every church starts as a church plant. And often they start with a lot of missional energy that gets lost over time. Sometimes many years go by and the church has never planted. In that case, a culture must be created.
Take Some Time
It takes time to catch the vision. Try to get things to multiply in general in your church – multiply disciples, multiply groups, multiply ministries. Then begin to talk about the value of partnering with church planting. Celebrate that. What you celebrate you will become. As you begin to see multiplication, talk about how you can be involved at a greater level. Is it time to be the primary sponsor church? Can you send out 5 to 10 families? It might take a couple of years to build up to this point, but it is doable.
Create systems that will help create this culture. If you want to change the culture of your church to sending when previously it has been largely self-interested, consider the conviction of your church. Is there a conviction for sending? Is it believed by the leaders of your church that sending is important and it is the church’s responsibility to multiply? If that is the conviction, what can you do to celebrate when multiplication happens at any level? What are the constructs you have in place throughout the organization?
Church planting is not unusual. Churches everywhere are doing this. Find ways to get involved as your first step to making a difference. Reach out to other churches in your area that are planting and see how you and your people can get involved with what they are doing.
Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 449: Create a Culture of Sending. Click here to listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.