Starting a Successful Church Plant

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Andy Wood, Lead Pastor of South Bay Church in San Jose, CA, is passionate about training leaders, teaching God’s Word in relevant ways, and creating environments where those far from God come to know Him personally.  Andy draws from his own church-planting experience to talk about the key components to a successful church plant. 



Andy reminds us that we must start with "Yes!" We need to approach the decision of where to plant a church with a willingness to go anywhere God sends us. Everything that follows will flow from this place of surrender.

Two important principles to understand as you begin:
  • Don't look at tough areas with defeatist attitude. 
  • Any community already has people that God is drawing to Himself. 

Do you have an area or community that God is laying on your heart? What is your attitude, concerns or fears?
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Matthew 16:11 (NASB)

11“How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

What are some ways you and your family can reach out to the community to find the 10-15 core people to plant a church with?
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In this next clip, Andy talks about developing a healthy team. 


What are your vision and your values? How well do your staff team members support the vision and values? Who in your sphere of influence also matches those vision and values and should be invited on your staff team?
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Which people have already been faithful in small things? Who hasn't yet been given an opportunity to lead? What parts of your ministry can you give away to them? How can you make them a part of your launch team?
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In this final clip, Andy talks about about how to make disciples in your ministry context.


Andy advises that we "move with the movers." Who's already respondent and obedient in your church? How can you pour into those people?
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We make disciples by building relationships — one person at a time. Think about the people you're investing in. How can you be more intentional about the way you teach them to disciple and influence others?
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There is no perfect disciple-making model. Build relationships, pour into people, find those who are obedient and teach them to do the same with others.