Church planting is an extreme sport combining the best of entrepreneurship and church leadership. It calls for courage, tenacity, passion, and wisdom. When done right it’s one of the most rewarding endeavors on the planet. When done wrong it causes tremendous heartache and unnecessary pain. Church planters, we want to help you win early and finish strong. This podcast will help you avoid church planting land mines, grow as a leader, and discover practical tools to help you win in your local ministry context!
EP 004 | Steve Stroope on Understanding Your Growth Gap
“If we don’t pay attention to the season of planting, it’s too late to try to manufacture a harvest that we didn’t plan for or plant for.” Meet Steve Stroope, Founding Pastor of Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. Packed with wisdom from the moment they press record, Andy dives in deep with Steve to better understand what he calls the Growth Gap and how to create leading indicators rather than focusing on goals that come from lagging indicators. In this episode, Steve unpacks the key profiles of church planters (as well as their launch teams), what drove success for Lakepointe, and the most important decisions he made along the way. Welcome to Episode 004 of The Unfair Advantage Podcast with Andy Wood. EPISODE LINKSLearn more about Strategic Launch Network (https://launchstrong.com/)Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business (https://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Fuel-Essential-Combination-Business/dp/1942952317/ref=sr_1_6?gclid=CjwKCAjwsfuYBhAZEiwA5a6CDOzz_SFfq_I8iA77yNFFUTnOvLZh2Bo4haAbVilP8LwJ8WWEsiJ1jBoC3q0QAvD_BwE&hvadid=241598129436&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9030132&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=75182151075491199&hvtargid=kwd-259369399893&hydadcr=22534_10353872&keywords=rocketfuel+book&qid=1663015014&sr=8-6)Do ministry together! Three gatherings, nine planters, one cohesive journey. Checkout the Ascent Leader Church Planter Cohorts. Get more information today at: https://theascentleader.org/cohorts/ (https://theascentleader.org/cohorts/) WHO IS STEVE STROOPE?Steve Stroope is the Founding Pastor of Lakepointe Church, Rockwall, Texas. Under his leadership, the church grew to more than 13,000 in weekly attendance. In 2020, after 40 years as Lead Pastor, he transitioned into consulting, coaching and writing. He works as an Executive Coach to major corporations all across America. Steve has written 3 books and will be releasing his 4th in 2023, Leading by Letting Go.SPONSORSThanks to our sponsor: Food For The Hungry.Combine your church's heart for the poor and Food for the Hungry’s global experience at fh.org/churches.
EP 003 | Sean Sears on Keeping the Fire Burning, Identifying Obstacles, & Staying True to Your Mission
“One of the most dangerous things to happen to your church plant is for you to get to 100 people. Because now you have enough people in your church to distract you from the mission of your church.” Meet Sean Sears, Church Planter & Founding Pastor of Grace Church in Boston, MA. In this episode, Sean shares his deep passion for staying on mission as a church planter by continuously surrounding yourself with the people you’re trying to reach. He encourages planters that you don’t have to create momentum for your church, the Holy Spirit will do that… your job is to identify the barriers that are keeping you from finding that momentum and becoming a “barrier buster”. Self-proclaimed as “the most accidental church planter ever” this is an authentic conversation that will encourage you and reignite your mission for the kingdom. Welcome to Episode 003 of The Unfair Advantage Podcast with Andy Wood. EPISODE LINKSLearn more about the Strategic Launch Network (https://www.strategiclaunchnetwork.com/). Be on the lookout for catalytic relationships. One of the ways you may be called to invest in these relationships is by joining the first ever Ascent Leader Church Planter Cohort. Get more information today at: https://theascentleader.org/cohorts/ (https://theascentleader.org/cohorts/) WHO IS SEAN SEARS?Sean and Billie started Grace Church in 2005 with 3 Christian college students and their spiritually disconnected neighbors across the street. Grace Church planted their first church in 2009 and has planted an additional eight churches and partnered with another twenty-ish. Sean’s side hustle is real estate, his hobby is old man basketball at the Y and he’s a sucker for documentaries. SPONSORSThanks to our sponsor: Food For The Hungry.Combine your church's heart for the poor and Food for the Hungry’s global experience at fh.org/churches.
EP 002 | Creating Vision People Will Die For With Ray Johnston
“There’s shared vision or there’s vision that’s shared.” Meet Ray Johnston, Founding Pastor of Bayside Church in Sacramento. We asked Ray to come on an episode of the podcast to share his wisdom on church planting…...
EP 001 | Carey Nieuwhof on Planting Without Losing Yourself
“The difference between 45 hours a week and 65 hours is not necessarily more church growth, it’s just an unhealthy leader.” Meet Carey Nieuwhof, entrepreneur, author, speaker, and church planter. On the maiden voyage of The Unfair Advantage podcast, we’ve set the bar high. Carey shares the story behind the story of his church plant, unpacks the difference between great managers and great leaders, and gets vulnerable and authentic about what the Carey today would tell twenty-five year old Carey just getting started in the church world. You won’t want to miss it. Welcome to the very first episode of The Unfair Advantage Podcast with Andy Wood. INSIGHTS FROM CAREY* The story behind the story: Connexus Church launch, November 2007Carey began serving in ministry in Central Ontario in 1995 and recounts the early days of his church plant. You can do more with 300 aligned people than 3,000 aligned people.When you plant, you want people around you who believe nothing is impossible with God. Carey shares, “I wasn’t particularly innovative, I just did attractional church years before anyone else in our community. We were about 5-10 years ahead of anyone else.” * Great managers vs. great leaders: what's the difference?Great leaders have an entrepreneurial zeal Managers manage what was already built. Leaders create something out of nothing. What in your life have you gone from nothing to something on? If you don’t have that story, you may not be right for church planting. “If you don’t have a good reason to plant a church, that’s a good reason to not plant a church.”* The advantage of being in a room with other leadersWhen I first planted, I didn’t have colleagues or peers as resources, I had books. Cohorts allow you to get insider information. You now have access to the people on stage at the conferences you’ve been attending for years. You can ask your questions, you can get answers. It’s gold. Most of us really align ourselves by affinity, not by denomination. If you have the opportunity to go to a cohort as a church planter, do it. * What would Carey say today to a twenty-five year old Carey? Your value isn’t tied up in what you produce. There’s another way to get the results you want, but it’s probably not something you would naturally do. You're gonna push so hard and drive so hard, and work is going to provide so much value for you, you’re probably going to mess up your 30’s and miss some great moments with your kids. The difference between 45 hours a week and 65 hours is not necessarily more church growth, it’s just an unhealthy leader. EPISODE LINKSWhether you’re overwhelmed, overworked or overcommitted, At Your Best is the strategy to get your time, energy and priorities working in your favor. Get a copy of Carey’s most recent book – At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor (https://careynieuwhof.com/at-your-best/)Be on the lookout for catalytic relationships.