Episode 387: What Does a Supportive Core Team Member Look Like?

In Episode 387 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss how a core group can support the lead pastor of a church plant. Here is today’s question:

“I am a nursing student who loves to partner with lead pastors when they are church planting, especially in their early years. I would love to know what you think a core group could do best to support a lead pastor when the church plant is just getting off. What are some best practices that we could encourage the pastor and his family, as well as, not subvert his leadership, but really uphold it?” 

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How to encourage your pastor as a core team member
  • What the characteristics of a core team member are

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Partner with the pastor and church leaders to reach new people.” – @edstetzer
  • “Keeping a ferocious commitment to outward evangelistic intensity will help the church as a whole.” – @edstetzer
  • “Don’t underestimate the power of being a part of the core group – not being on staff and not being paid.” – @danielsangi
  • “The path forward is to see yourself as a powerful volunteer staff member.” – @edstetzer
  • “When you don’t have a congregation, the ways to encourage your pastor may be different.” – @edstetzer
  • “Ultimately you are leaving the comfort and the confines of an established church to really seek to engage in different contexts.” – @edstetzer
  • “Some willingness to take risks does matter.” – @edstetzer
  • “As a launch team member, what would it look like to offer to organize big outreach events?” – @danielsangi

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Published May 16, 2019

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