5 Essential Goals for Church Planters in 2024

by | Dec 18, 2023 | Church Growth, Church Health, Church Planting

Hey there, fellow church planters!

As we look towards 2024, it’s like we’re standing at the edge of a vast, uncharted territory, right? It’s exciting, a bit daunting, but above all, it’s filled with potential. I want to chat with you about something close to our hearts – setting goals for our church plants in the coming year. Think of these not just as goals but as five game-changing strategies to make your church plants not just survive but thrive.


1. Getting Real with Community Engagement:


Let’s start by diving deep into our communities. It’s all about understanding the heartbeat of the people we are called to serve. Whether it’s through community service, local events, or just being good neighbors, let’s make our church’s presence felt in a way that’s genuine and impactful. Remember, it’s not just about growing a church; it’s about enriching a community.


2. Building a Dream Team:


I can’t stress this enough – our core team is our rock. We need people who are as passionate about this journey as we are. It’s about gathering a group that’s diverse in skills but united in vision. From administration wizards to pastoral care gurus, every role is key. Invest in these relationships, because these are the folks who will ride the highs and lows with you.


3. Smart Money Moves:


Now, let’s talk dollars and sense (see what I did there?). A church plant needs a solid financial strategy to keep the lights on and the mission moving. This means budgeting like a boss, exploring creative funding avenues, and yes, sometimes making tough calls on where to allocate resources. It’s not the most glamorous part of church planting, but it’s what keeps the mission sustainable.


4. Say it Loud, Say it Proud:


In our hyper-connected world, effective communication is non-negotiable. We need a digital pulpit as strong as our Sunday pulpit. A slick website, engaging social media, and clear messaging are key to getting the word out. It’s about creating a buzz that gets people excited to be a part of what we’re doing.


5. Growing Deeper, Not Just Bigger:


Lastly, let’s not forget the core of why we do what we do – discipleship and spiritual growth. We’re in the business of life transformation, folks. Let’s create spaces for meaningful Bible study, prayer, and mentorship. It’s about fostering a community where people can grow in their faith and find their purpose.

As we step into 2024, let’s embrace these goals with open hearts and minds. It’s about building something that lasts, something that makes a real difference. Remember, we’re not just planting churches; we’re cultivating communities, nurturing hearts, and making a little bit of heaven visible on Earth.

Stay blessed and keep planting,

Jeff Hoglen


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