Like it or not, the majority of church plants don’t make it. In some studies as many as 70% of church plants fail. That is a lot of failure! When a church plant fails, what goes through your mind?

  • Why did they fail?
  • What could they have done differently?
  • I wonder if the pastor or leadership team had the gifts and skills to plant a church.
  • Maybe I could have done something to help.

For the church planter (or at least me) making the decision to “pull the plug” on your dream is not an easy thing to do. No one in his right mind would plant a church without sensing a call from God. It’s just too hard. It takes a ton of money. It takes people. It requires a ton of outreach and community involvement.

For the church planter who is seeking money, people, and other resources, he has undergone an extensive assessment process evaluating his call from God to plant a church, personality profiles, spiritual gifts, past ministry success, and more. He has completed additional training in areas such as building effective teams and raising funds.

Yet, despite all that is done to help a church planter get a church off the ground, most of them still don’t make it. The reasons for failure are many. For me, there were several reasons I’ll write about later.

But for now, let’s focus on something positive. If your church plant failed or you know of a church plant failure, focus on growing from the experience. Some of the greatest lessons in the Bible are from people who “failed.” God is more concerned about your obedience than your success. When you get down to the core, if God called you to plant a church and you obediently followed Him, you were successful. Leave the rest to Him. It’s not your problem.

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1 Comment on Growing from Failure

  1. Deb says:

    This post is ironic, as I was commenting to a friend today that one thing that was brought into focus for me from being involved in a church is that many of the people whom God used in the Bible to teach us had done some really bad things. These lessons help us remember that we are all human and that no human is perfect. It breaks that stereotype of the strict, judgmental, “holier-than-thou” nun (who, by the way, I believe has been the cause of many a person not understanding that spirituality is about a personal relationship with God instead of the rituals of an organized religion).

    Or maybe the “coincidence” of my conversation and your post was not really a coincidence at all. Maybe it’s as the church sign I read once said: “Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.”