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1 Company LOGO Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church Plant By Dr. Tom Cheyney

2 Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church Today in the United States and Canada there are over 100,000 Protestant congregations that average less than thirty-five in the main weekly worship services. The small church represents twenty-five percent of all churches.

3 There are at least fifteen characteristics of the small church today. Regardless of denomination, these fifteen elements appear predominantly throughout the small church.  THE SMALL CHURCH ACTS AS ONE BIG FAMILY AND IS ONE CELL  THE SMALL CHURCH IS A CLOSE NICHE FAMILY Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

4 There are at least fifteen characteristics of the small church today. Regardless of denomination, these fifteen elements appear predominantly throughout the small church.  THE SMALL CHURCH IS CASUAL IN ITS CHARACTER! Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

5  THE SMALL CHURCH DISPLAYS MARVELOUS DEVOTION AND COMPASSION  THE SMALL CHURCH ALLOWS FOR FASTER PARTICIPATION AND CONNECTION  THE SMALL CHURCH SIGNIFICANTLY RELIES ON VOLUNTEERS TO LEAD THE CHURCH. Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

6  THE SMALL CHURCH KNOWS WHEN YOU ARE NOT THERE INSTANTLY.  THE SMALL CHURCH PRACTICES CAREFUL FINANCING AND MANAGEMENT  THE SMALL CHURCH IS INVOLVEMENT FOCUSED NOT QUALITY FOCUSED Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

7  HE SMALL CHURCH HAS FEW ENTRY POINTS INITIALLY  THE SMALL CHURCH PLACES ITS CENTER OF ATTENTION ON A SINGLE EVENT AT A TIME  THE SMALL CHURCHES PLANTER/PASTOR MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE IMPACT (It Depends) Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

8  THE SMALL CHURCH IS LED BY A FEW COMMITTED LAY LEADERS  THE SMALL CHURCH GROWTH BLUEPRINT IS SMALL GROUP AND CLUSTERS DESIGNED  THE SMALL CHURCH DRAWS PARTICIPANTS FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS (Next slide) Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

9 THE SMALL CHURCH DRAWS PARTICIPANTS FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS Interviews with members of new churches reveals a variety of reasons for joining and becoming involved:  new work is exciting and gratifying  new work draws and attracts new people  Provides a faster chance for contribution and connection  allows small group involvement. Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

10 GROWTH IMPEDIMENTS FOR THE SMALLER CHURCH              

11 SO WHAT ARE THE STRENGTHS OF 35 PARTICIPANT CHURCHES? Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

12 Slide for additional notes below Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

13 SEVEN INTENTIONAL ACTIONS TO CRACKING THE "35" BARRIER IN CHURCH PLANTING  CRACKING THE GROWTH BARRIER OF "35" REQUIRES CHANGES IN PASTORAL LEADERSHIP PATTERNS  CRACKING THE GROWTH BARRIER OF "35" REQUIRES CHANGES IN ORGANIZATIONAL FORMATION Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

14  CRACKING THE GROWTH BARRIER OF "35" REQUIRES CHANGES IN HOW NEW MEMBERS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE WORK  CRACKING THE GROWTH BARRIER OF "35" REQUIRES CHANGES IN THE NEW CHURCHES OUTREACH STRATEGIES  CRACKING THE GROWTH BARRIER OF "35" REQUIRES CHANGES IN THE BUDGET AND FINANCIAL POLICIES OF THE NEW CHURCH Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

15  CRACKING THE GROWTH BARRIER OF "35" REQUIRES CHANGES IN THE WAY THE NEW CHURCH FUNCTIONS IN REGARD TO BUSINESS PROCEDURES  CRACKING THE GROWTH BARRIER OF "35" REQUIRES CHANGES IN THE NEW CHURCHES LAY LEADERSHIP PATTERNS  Breaking the 35 Barrier In Your New Church

16 One important ingredient to learn while you are just starting to grow your new church:  Seek to Continually Building Momentum in Your New Church Plant(OK, let’s talk about that!)

17 Prayer: the Often Overlooked Growth Tool! It ought to go without saying but here is the first thing you need to do and it ought to be the last thing you hear from me today!  Pray and teach your people to pray.  Stop talking about it and start actually praying at prayer meetings.  Keep preaching about prayer and model prayer during your preaching.  Have a prayer list and pray through it.  Develop a ministry that prays for all other ministries.  Be a leader that models prayer.

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