Church Planting: Stop Reading, Go Do It

This is the tenth installment in a series based on my adventures in planting a church.  For more information on the series, or to see what else we have walked through, check out the original post.  My hope is to use this series to develop a resource for planters as they are thinking about diving in, or need to process their current situation… this resource is incomplete without your contribution (that is a subtle way of saying leave a comment).

Sometimes we just need to do something.

In a world where books on ministry are plentiful enough to make Gutenberg’s head spin, it is easy to get caught up in theoretical church planting.  It is even easier to allow the thoughts, trends, and new ideas to get the better of us and distract us from actually making it happen or, worse yet, cause us to continually change our course.

With this in mind, I often encourage church planters to embrace the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 3… and take a seasonal approach to their reading and study.

There is a season for a broad survey of methodologies and philosophies.
There is a season for discerning the strategy that you will employ.
There is a season for figuring out just how you are going to make this happen.

And there is a season to do it.

Once you have come to a realization of what you are called to do, and how the Spirit has equipped you to pursue that calling, do it.  The season for studying methods and philosophies has passed.  The season to pursue what God has called you to do is upon you.  Chasing after new theories, new methodologies, and new strategies is no longer wise… it is a distraction from your calling.

Stop reading, go do it[1].

What areas in YOUR life do you need to stop reading so that YOU can go do it?

[1] This is neither an encouragement to forsake the study of the Word, nor am I encouraging you disengage from a lifestyle of learning.  If you are not actively engaged in deep study of scripture, no amount of planning, analysis, or programming will allow you to lead a sustainable, healthy ministry.  Leaders who are not constantly engaged in learning will never achieve their true potential.


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.