Episode 487: When is the Best Time to Plant a Church?

In Episode 487 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss timing for church planting.

“When is the best time to plant a church?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • What weeks of the year are the best for a church plant launch
  • When to plan preview services around your launch

 Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “You often say the week before Easter or the Fall is the best time to plant a church.” – @danielsangi
  • “It should be at least two Sundays away from Labor Day weekend, so mid-September or October.” – @edstetzer
  • “In most of the U.S. or Canada people reorient their lives in the Fall about two weeks into September.” – @edstetzer
  • “Four of the churches that would call me senior pastor as a planter, we planted on the first Sunday of October.” – @edstetzer
  • “If you open the church the first week of October, do preview services once a month in July and August and then weekly in September.” – @danielsangi
  • “Don’t launch until you are ready to do this weekly.” – @edstetzer
  • “You have the preview services to practice monthly and then go on to weekly.” – @edstetzer

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Published April 30, 2020

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