Keep On Trucking

Pt. 2

Here is Pt. 2 of keep on Trucking! You can catch part 1 of this series HERE

Reason Number Two – You’ve got a small work crew

The second reason you’re going to need a truck is that your crew is going to be more prone to burn out, and in need of replacements on occasion. That means you need to be quicker to pick up the slack. Sometimes there’s just nobody else, and when you’re in danger of losing a someone because church has become a chore, it’s a reality that often everybody else is equally as strapped. Time to carry the team. Trucks are made for carrying.

Sooner or later you realize that Church planting is the place where the Pastor’s hands get calloused. They work side by side all the crew, and often is doing the lion share of the work.

I had a worship leader in a church I was planting who could never get to church on time. In fact, on a Sunday morning, he needed somebody to literally pick him up and get him to church or he’d breeze in at ten to start-time without anything set up. So as the church planter, I had to

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Keep On Trucking

part 1


In all the talk surrounding church planting out there, nobody really discusses one of the planters essential tools.

A truck.

Church planters are a bit like Mad Max in the post-apocalyptic frontier where a truck is worth more than the currency of money.

We’re not talking about macho stuff; we’re talking about church planting survival.

John Wesley’s statue in Bristol was sculpted with him sitting horseback for a reason. In Wesley’s day, every circuit rider needed a horse, or he needed

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Church Planter Podcast


Church planter podcast_302_The one about holiness...

This week Peyton Jones and Pete Mitchell sit down to talk about holiness. To get straight to listening click here and to download in iTunes click here.

It seems like everyone has a different definition of holiness. Some people may think of actions that are needed to be holy while others may think of someone that they feel truly embodies holiness. Many of us may even think of it as what we are trying to attain and how far from it we are. Take a

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Newsletters are one of the most powerful tools in the church planter’s arsenal when it comes to raising funds. Marketers swear by them. Entrepreneurs attend conferences costing thousands of dollars to learn to master their use.

This is because so many things can be accomplished with a newsletter.

Newsletters allow you to communicate anything you want: ministry news, needs, prayer requests, family stuff, and useless trivia.

Most importantly, it allows people to see your personality. If you write it well, people get to know you better. For people who are trying to connect with you, this is important.

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The Letter to your Target Audience



Start the letter off with normal people stuff. Hi. How are you? It’s been a while. I’m writing to tell you about what God has been doing in my life recently. Then share the vision. Share about the community and what you think God’s calling you to do there.

You can opt to share needs if you want, but don’t beg. Tell a story. Simply share your vision in a natural, non-sell manner. Ask for prayer–giving specific needs rather than general ones (re: “for people to be saved”).

Ultimately, this isn’t an asking letter. It’s a telling letter. You’re not asking for their money. You’re asking for their ear. Your goal in this letter is to schedule another meeting. Therefore you’re to make this letter the most exciting thing in the universe. Pray over it. Pour over it. Read it, re-read it. Edit the crap out of it. Bounce it off of others. Put cool pictures on it. Make it attractive.

You aren’t looking for beneficiaries, you are looking for gospel partners. That’s a much more involved and less degrading role for people to play. Also, if they’re your friends, don’t treat them like organic ATMs. Treat them like friends. Never pitch your friends. Simply talk to them as you always have. They are your friend for a reason, and will take little convincing about why you do what you do and how important it is.


Make two separate lists; one for people who live near to you, and one for people far away. For now, don’t worry about those that are nearby, just start contacting the people who live far away. Phone conversation is best, because after all, you know them and it’s more personal, and allows for more clarification.

You’ll begin by asking if they received your letter. If they say yes, pause and allow them to talk. If they say no, then just run through the content with them. Afterwards, ask them what they think about what you’ve said. It’s always good to get some feedback. Further, don’t be surprised if people don’t understand what you’re saying, or the idea to church plant sounds strange to them. Before you end the conversation, you want to ask them if they’d be willing to support you by praying for you. To that end, you should ask them if they’d mind receiving a (monthly, bi-monthly, or semi-annual) support letter that will update them of everything that you are doing. To this end, Paul included in almost every letter that he wrote a detailed account of his plans, where he’d been, and where he was going. He also closed every letter by saying, “Pray for me brothers.”

Buy Peyton’s newest book “Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders of the Lost Art” over on You can also download a free chapter and watch a cool trailer for the book HERE or click the image below.