Church Planting: Build a Yes-leaning Team

Imagine you are driving on the highway, picking up speed as fast as you can. Gas pedal depressed all the way to the floor, you hit 60, 70, 80 miles per hour, still climbing. Then imagine, while still pushing that gas pedal as hard as your quad can manage, you stomp on the brakes with your other foot.

Do you know what happens? Fred Flinstone

You stop. Without fuss. Without drama. Holding down the gas pedal with all your might barely adds 5% to your stopping distance. You just stop. It doesn’t matter what kind of car you are in or how powerful your engine might be. You stop. Here’s my point –

Brakes beat engines every time.

This principle is bigger than your car. The same is true in whatever team you are building.

It doesn’t matter how much momentum you have.

It doesn’t matter how much energy you throw into the mix.

If you have people on your team determined to slow you down, they will win every time.

When you are trying to launch something, when priority number one is overcoming inertia, the last thing you need is someone working with gravity, keeping your team grounded.

When building a church plant team there is a strong temptation to add anyone who will agree to join with you, but not every person needs to be on your team.

When you build a church planting team, you don’t need people who keep their foot poised over the brakes. God has called you plant a church – which means God has called you to reach the lost and make disciples who reach the lost. That mission is too important to waste energy trying to overcome the people who forever keep their foot poised over the brakes.

Build your team with yes-leaning people who contribute by doing. Planting is a tough enough task. You don’t need team members who make it tougher.

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