This weekend my Pastor, Frank Damazion, was here… At The Pearl Church we do what is called DNA Downloads. We bring leaders in to discuss a topic and glean as much as we can on that subject. With Pastor Frank we discussed leadership and church planting among other things… Here are 21 Thoughts/Quotes from Pastor Frank that deal with Church Planting. These are not exact quotes but rather these are my personal notes from my iPad and at times my personal interpretation of what he said.
At the end are The 7 Stages of Church Planting. These are his main points with quote/thoughts from my notes. What stage are you in and are preparing now for the next one?
Leaders and Church Planters, I guarantee it will be worth it to read through this quickly.
Notes: Pastor Frank Damazio
1. The Local Church is the best incubator for spiritual leadership that exists. All the leaders you will ever need are here now or on their way.
2. Great churches are built on people with great attitudes.
3. People want to be great, but in the Kingdom you will never be great until you learn to serve someone else’s greatness. The way to great is through a revelation of the least.
4. The question leadership should ask is, “Why do some churches have leaders that stay with them over very long periods of time?” There is a revelation in this for churches with high turn over.
5. Churches should never be built for a season, but for a lifetime.
6. One of the greatest tests for a leader: How do you treat the ones who can’t “do” anything for you…
7. Some people who are with you in the beginning… are people on Kingdom Loan. God just loaned them to you for a season to get the church off the ground and running. Soon, the lifers will come. Don’t despise when people leave, rather know that it means more are on their way.
8. Some of the worst people who ever come to you will end up being the best people you ever work with.
9. Great churches, like large trees, have deep roots. Create an environment for people to put roots down deep not just fast.
10. Often it seems like there is nothing fair in church planting except the will of God. Accept it, and then redefine “fair” through the eyes of Jesus.
11. Growing the church means eventually letting other people pastor others… hard to do.
12. There is a difference between the “church plant team” and the first “leadership team”. Over time they will be different and all our motives will be tested. We must pass the motive test.
13. One of the first scary moments that a church planter has is the first time he transfers authority to someone else. He knows he can’t get it back.
14. Influence is an invisible force that you can’t take back. When you give authority you are giving influence, and influence can never be taken back. Once a person has it, they can use it as they wish. Choose the right people and take time to give it away.
15. Worship DNA must be established by a person, not by a team otherwise there will be discord. Teams implement, but the DNA comes from the senior leader.
16. Leaders who volunteer have a double pressure… they have jobs, families, activities, relationships, and responsibilities that fill 60+ hours per week. Then, they give another 10-20 hours per week to the church. Understand their sacrifice and match it with appreciation.
17. Never chose a leader just because they are available, we all want available people, but for some there is a reason they are available.
18. Your leadership team is the picture and reality of where the church is going. Build leaders and you will grow the church.
19. Build the church as if you were building your dream house and you were going to live in it your whole life. If you cut corners in the construction, you are only hurting yourself.
20. Teach people to be Stewards over each others gifts, not competitors.
21. Don’t worry about who you need, and focus on raising up what you have.
Seven Stages of Church Planting – From Sow to Grow
1. The Pastor And Church Plant Team Successfully Plant The Seed
a. The team plants, the seed is watered, God does His part to honor the work of planting the seed in the first place.
b. This team is special and anointed to do this specific task. Their role will change over time but always remember their work to sow the first seeds.
c. Each leader must define what it means to plant successfully, but there may also be some objective goals to meet.
2. The Church Plant Team Changes As The Church Takes Root
a. Change is part of the growth, and each member of the team must be willing to change as needed.
b. You will begin to see new growth and new leaders off in the distance but you can’t use them yet.
c. Responsibilities will be redistributed over and over again. People can’t get territorial in this season.
d. Take great care in this season to make sure that people understand the changes and that they are not personal. Everyone must find his or her place in the body for each season.
e. The team will begin to grow with a combination of people. Those that came with, those that came in (from some other place, state, etc.), and those that came over (from the city you are in).
3. The Lead Pastor Develops An Emerging Team Of “Servants/Helpers” Not Leaders
a. No titles should be given for two years. You have no idea who will be there with you, who the Lord will send, so if you appoint now you may have to back up later.
b. These leaders are servants, untitled, and ready to help.
c. The Lead pastor needs time to set the stage and DNA of pastoring. This DNA must be transferred to each emerging leader.
d. Leadership is defined in the heart of the person to serve, not the desire of a person to lead.
4. The Church Plant Is Now A Church Growing And Focus Begins To Shift
a. There is a shift from the pastor who pastors everyone, to shared pastoring by many servants.
b. There is a shift from everyone does everything, to a slow identification of primary gifts in those around you.
c. There is a shift from looking outward for leaders to looking inward.
d. There is a shift from potential to practice.
i. Dt 34:9 Moses put his spirit/mantle on Joshua who was with him…. Not the Holy Spirit, his spirit.
ii. Raise up from within the house – Gen 14:4… Leaders from his own house.
5. The First Leadership Team Begins To Function
a. The church plant team will not be the leadership team in the future and there will come a time when the First Church Leadership Team is established, identified and released.
b. This can as long as two years after the launch of a church.
c. Everyone finds their acre and works their acre to accomplish the whole.
d. As people begin to function in their passion they must be given the tools to do function at this point. So, leadership goes from general to specific.
e. Sometimes you must go outside the church to find those that can equip those in the church for specific tasks/functions.
6. The Team Leader Must Grow Personally Into a Great Leader
a. Devotions/vibrant relationship with God
b. Health – Health affects performance, attitude, and longevity.
c. Leadership – Leadership can be learned even though each person may have a different leadership gifting.
d. Family – The Leader must have a passion to pastor and lead his family. This makes the whole leadership healthy and they church follows suit.
e. Reproducing leadership – A good leader can reproduce other leaders.
7. The Team Now Learns The Power Of Process
a. Without process everything falls apart.
b. Process can be the make or break of a church because it affects everything from finance, to staff, to relationships.
c. Process is not an emotional decision making event, but an objective decision making responsibility.
d. Leadership Process is work but it gives a leadership path for people to follow.
e. Process is what takes you into the future. It is your bridge to greater things and wise decision making. It protects you from potential pitfall.