Is it Too Much?

The average church planter is dealing with a ton of stuff like: team building, leadership issues, facility challenges, and finances to name just a few. It’s probably too much. After all, the more I talk to planters the more I am convinced many of them overestimate their own abilities to lead all of these well.

I am convinced that a planter needs to keep the gospel the main thing. That’s what MissionGlue is going to be all about: helping planters navigate the details of church planting so they can keep the gospel the main thing.

This needs to be a conversation and so I invite you into it. If you’re a church planter or on a launch team I want to hear from you.

So what about you? Is it too much? How are you dealing with it?


Somebody Needs to Be Responsible for the Buckets

We are in the thick of budget season at Restore. Our fiscal year ends at the end of  this month.

So I sat down with our new Creative Arts Director for our Liberty Campus, Lucas Motley, to explain our financial paradigm to him. To my amazement Lucas actually loves this stuff as much as I do!

As I explained our structure, I realized one of it’s strengths. It’s good that every line item in our budget has a human being overseeing it.

I know what you’re saying. I am trying to plant a church. I don’t have time to create a budget. I get it. But if you don’t you’re missing out.

A budget need not be complicated. At Restore we’ve divided each campus into five buckets. Each bucket has a ‘champion’ who is ultimately responsible for what comes out of the budget. And I am not talking responsibility for its own sake. Everyone who controls these buckets has skin-in-the-game. They aren’t simply employees who oversee general ledger accounts. They are team mates who are overseeing one of the buckets for the sake of the mission. Do you see the difference?

So what about you and your organization? Who’s responsible for the financial buckets and why?


Don’t Be Afraid of the Numbers

I spent much of last week working on the budget of my organization. No, spending almost two days in front of a spreadsheet wasn’t too exciting. But it was very informative. I learned where we spent too much money last year. But I also learned where we didn’t spend enough. Every organization has this problem. The budget must reflect who we say we are as a church. We work hard to make that happen.

Where you spend your money tells us who you are. And your budget helps tell the story of your organization.

Are you a numbers person?  So many church planters tell me they aren’t. They find people who are and give it to them to deal with. That’s not delegation–that’s avoidance.

If you aren’t looking at the numbers you’re not really seeing your organization. If you’re spending doesn’t represent your values then may I encourage you to address the issue.

Don’t be afraid of the numbers.

Avoid Too Much Glue

Too much glue won’t stick, and too many words won’t either. –Unknown Author.

When I was 14 I was building a model of a Messerschmidt BF109 German fighter. Everything was fine until I got to the cockpit. I applied too much glue and the parts would ‘slip’ when I put them together. Frustrated, I reached for super-glue. It always did the trick. well I was right. It did the job quick and soon enough I was marveling at my newly completed model.

That’s when I realized that I’d glued my right index finger to my right middle finger. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t separate them. I panicked. I pulled on my fingers but no matter what I did they wouldn’t separate. I went into the bathroom and scrubbed the crap out of my hands and still nothing. After running about the apartment trying various solvents and hot water remedies I realized I had to resort to drastic means. I spotted an X-Acto knife and carefully cut my fingers apart with little loss of blood.

The fact is that the right glue is good. But too much of it and it won’t stick. (The same with words by the way.) So I am committing to always using just the right amount of glue to get the job done.

Why Glue?

Glue: (1) a hard, impure, protein gelatin, obtained by boiling skins, hoofs, and other animal substances in water, that when melted or diluted is a strong adhesive. (2) any of various solutions or preparations of this substance, used as an adhesive any of various other solutions or preparations that can be used as adhesives.

Glue keeps things together. It makes stuff work. It brings together things that may not normally be put together and binds them. It gets in the all nooks and crannies and fills it up to ensure that whatever you are trying to put together stays that way.

That’s why its really cool to be launching Mission Glue.

I am a business guy and a Church planter.  Glued together.

It’s my hope that to start things off here, we have a healthy discussion of the challenges, the needs and most of all the solutions to help ‘The Church’ plant healthy and organized churches.

Stay tuned.