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CHURCH ONLINE: THE MANURE FOR CHURCH PLANTING

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Forgive the metaphor, but if the Church Plant is like a "plant" needing resources to grow, then the Church Online is almost like fertilizer that helps the planted church grow... I'll go ahead and say it, Church Online is the manure that allows the planted church to grow.

I have a friend who recently tried to plant a church. He moved to the city and recruited a core team of volunteers. He had a big backing organization and was well supported financially. He found a location to lease on weekends (a movie theater in a well-populated area.) He hired the right staff. Ultimately, he perfectly executed the church plant "launch large" model. You'd think with all these resources the planted church would grow well. Sadly, it didn't.

Results were strong that first week. All those door hangers worked because there were almost 300 people opening weekend. Celebrations were had. The next week there was a drop-off happened when only 150 people showed up. The third week: 50 people. About nine months later the church plant of 18 people started to meet someone's living room. In total that first year, the church plant spent $300,000 in that first year. Door hangers, flyers, payroll, lease, AVL equipment, volunteer support... to what end?

What if we looked at the planting church differently, giving it different resources. Church Plants typically try to rush to create that weekend service/experience, which is also a very taxing moment financially and stressful on volunteers. Rather than rush to that moment, what happens if we delay that option a while longer? What if we utilize the strengths and resources of the Online Church and apply it to church plants? What if a Church Plant ONLY started as an Online Church?

As you can see, Online Church is an effective fertilizer for the planting church. As long as the Online Church can do all this without that fertilizer smell, you'll be fine.

Planter, Online Church gives a phenomenal resource set to fertilize the church plant. Want to be effective in ministry in your community? Don't drop the money bomb on the church plant and push to set up that service as quickly as possible. With the right fertilizer, the planted church will grow.

Questions?Questions on how Church Online can help church plants? We would love to talk with you. Click the button.

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Jeff Reed
Jeff Reed

With about 20 years experience serving the church in the digital/technological realm, Jeff loves working with churches. As passionate about Discipleship as he is Technology, Jeff uses his passion to help Churches develop technology systems to bring people far from God closer to him. Oh, and he loves Church Online.

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