Episode 383: A Mega-Church is Moving In…Now What?!

In Episode 383 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss what to do when a mega church opens a multi-site near your small church plant. Here is today’s question:

“We’re a new church plant that is less than 6 months old. We are meeting in a middle school gym with about 100 people. Our sending church is 10 minutes away with 250 people. I just heard this morning that a mega church is opening a multi-site at the high school down the road. They are probably going to launch with 400 to 600 people. As a church planter, how do I navigate this?  In the end, I want to see people come to Jesus, but I am concerned that the schools will raise their rent, etc. Our church has a similar vibe, music, and preaching as well.” 

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The importance of knowing what sets you apart from the other churches and multi-sites around you
  • Research about peer evangelism 

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “You aren’t drawing from the same pond.” – @edstetzer 
  • “Lay out the advantages of being  a church plant versus being just another site.” – @edstetzer 
  • “Check your ego at the door and surrender it to the Lord.” – @danielsangi
  • “You are going to have to adapt a strategy that doesn’t include trying to get other people from different churches.” @danielsangi
  • “How do we differentiate ourselves from churches around us?” @edstetzer 
  • “How do you create community with the people you have that will reach out to their friends?” – @danielsangi
  • “I would work against your fear and flesh and welcome the new church to your community.” – @edstetzer 

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Published May 2, 2019

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