Justin Buzzard has written two great posts on the top reasons to join, and not join, a church plant.
Top 10 Reasons NOT to Join a Church Plant
- If you’re looking for the next cool thing in town (We want to grow by conversion growth, not church-goer transfer growth).
- If you’re a Christian and you don’t like your current church (You will find reasons to not like this church).
- If you have a bad track record at churches of being unteachable and causing problems (You won’t change here, you’ll repeat the pattern).
- If you’re a consumer wanting to “go to church” 1x a week for a nice show (We are not a Sunday show, we are a community of disciples on a mission).
- If you want religion (This church will be built on the radical gospel of grace).
- If you have an agenda (We have our vision, our mission, and our values–your private agenda does not supersede them).
- If you’re a wolf (We will sniff you out).
- If you think this will be a nice little church that stays the same size, where everybody knows your name and you have my cell number on speed dial and we have a picnic lunch together every week (By God’s grace, we want to grow).
- If you think this will be easy and smooth (This will be hard and difficult; this will be a fight, a battle, a challenging mission).
- If you want to hold onto your comfortable life (You must lose your life).
Top 10 Reasons To Join A Church Plant
- If you want to see Jesus do something new—if you’re sick of the status quo, join a church plant.
- If you dream of being part of something bigger than yourself, join a church plant.
- If you want to get into a fight—enter a battle—for the kingdom of Christ, join a church plant.
- If you feel a constant itch to see people who don’t know Jesus come to know Jesus and you believe church planting is the best way for the gospel to advance, join a church plant.
- If you want to give your time, money, energy, and talents to starting something new—if you want to make sacrifices in order for a mission to succeed, join a church plant.
- If you fully support the vision, mission, doctrine, and leadership of a church plant, join a church plant.
- If you want your faith to grow and you want God to fundamentally meddle with and change your life, join a church plant.
- If you want to love your city, join a church plant.
- If you want to watch God move in ways you never imagined—if you want an adventure (with all it’s discomfort and risk), join a church plant.
- If you’re not afraid to bank your life on Matthew 16:18 (“I [Jesus] will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”), join a church plant.