Traditionally, a Jump School instructor teaches you to count before you pull a ripcord after flinging yourself out of the hatch of an airplane. There’s also an ideal gestation period for a core team to develop. You need to be able to move as a unit, not be scattered around the countryside like matchsticks. In WW2, the ability to quickly form up and act like a squad was impressive, but only possible because of the training that was done in bootcamp and Basic. Think of your core team development an essential period of training that will save you time later. Training a team after the jump is counterproductive, and counterintuitive.
When you fail to train your core team before the launch the yeast of unbiblical thinking and wrong expectations begins to work through the dough. I want to be a dense fruitcake by the time I launch, and most of those who’ve followed me on mission would say that I achieved that status in more ways than one. The reason that you’ve got to spend the time to train your core team is because of the baggage that needs to be checked. The core team boarding process is like the TSA security check. You’ve got to X-ray their bags, and search them for contraband. They’ll be wanting to bring all kinds of unhelpful things from their last church with them, but you’ve got to convince them that they won’t need all that stuff where you’re going. By the time of your launch you’ve got bigger fish to fry, and ain’t nobody got time for that. You’ve got new Christians trying to get off of heroin. You’ve got people with problems who need your core team to minister to them. The time for ministering to your core team has largely passed. Those 6 to 12 months leading up to the launch were hands on discipleship training for your core team so that when your church launches, you’re able to turn them loose to minister. I’m gonna have some serious lost people with serious lost people problems and my team needs to be trained up.
Like Nelson Searcy points out, “church planting is an all or nothing venture”. That’s about all we agree on, so I’ll stop there. Needless to say, your people need to be wholeheartedly invested and committed to the mission, and if it took 3 years to work that into the disciples, 6 to 12 months for you is pretty ambitious. Good thing Jesus left His Holy Spirit to help you out, right?
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