I don’t know if we are still considered a church plant at 6 years into this, but we still get some of the same questions today as when we started.
Here are my “favorite” questions as a church plant:
“When are you going to build a church?” – Well, that’s what we are doing now. (Oh, you mean a building…but, of course, you’d also agree the church is not the building…right? )
“Are you going to keep doing this?” – For whatever reason, it seems that some believe a church plant is temporary. (Until a “real church” comes along I guess )
“What’s your other job?” – I realize all pastors get this one, but many plants start with bi-vocational pastors. Not all do though and sometimes this IS our job. Trust me, there’s plenty to do.
“When you get a building will you quit having small groups?” – This usually comes from someone who is accustomed to Sunday school, but it’s funny their tradition leads them to believe that a lack of space would be our only reason to do church this way. (Meeting in homes during the week…that’s so first century )
“How did this thing get started?” - Many times this is an innocent question. I’ve learned, however, mostly because of follow up questions, that sometimes this is a question looking for some inside scoop, a scandal of sorts, a church split…that kind of thing. There’s almost an expectation that a “story” exists with any church plant. In my experience, and in our personal experience, a church plant is far more about what God is calling someone to, not about what someone is running from.
Have you been part of a church plant? What type questions do you receive the most?