The Long View: Church Planting with End Goals in Mind

Episode 733

Everything about planting screams, “Emergency!” Host Ed Stetzer talks with Scotty Smith and Adam Muhtaseb about the importance of taking the long view on church planting.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How to build at the beginning things that become part of the fabric of the church
  • The twin values of mechanics and organics
  • What “living in the whole story of God” means
  • How to personalize taking the long view
  • What it means to live and lead at “the pace of grace”

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

Church planters come in and they’re so drunk with the vision. The only thing they’re thinking about is the launch service. It’s not even like, “What do I do the week after?” @EdStetzer

I realized early on we were going to absolutely need to do the mechanics but equally the organics. The Lord’s building for eternity, not next week. @Scotty Smith

From the beginning, our vision was to be a church planting movement. So I set up systems, values, programs, etc. to build our church toward that. @Adam_Muhtaseb

A lot of the church planters I’ve worked with think pragmatically about getting a job done and they lose what Scripture says is central, which is a love for Jesus. @Scotty Smith

In the U.K. I lived on this one-lane road and every day I walked by this church that has been worshipping in the same space for over 1,000 years. I don’t hear lot of church planters even talk about 100 years from now. @EdStetzer

You should be spending just as much time working on the church as you are working in the church. @Adam_Muhtaseb

The good news for some church planters is you don’t have to work 80 hours a week. if you do, that’s called idolatry. @Scotty Smith

Published February 23, 2023

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