10 Reasons Not To Join A Church Plant

Church planting is not easy. Being a part of a church plant may not be easy either, especially if you have had a history of complacent ministry in the past. The Church of Charlottesville has a clear vision and purpose. We welcome all who are seeking the Lord and want to grow in Christ and fellowship with His bride. 

We desire to do more than sit in a pew for a couple hours each week. Instead we desire to use our spiritual gifts to help build up the body and take that body into the world. We want to have the attitude that being part of a body of Christ is a 24/7 agenda, not a 2/1 (two hours/one day per week), let's get by with the least we can do and still "serve" God agenda. 

Being a part/member of a church is not about showing up once a week and hearing a message, singing some songs and giving a miniscule amount. Being part of genuine New Testament church is about being faithfully committed to one another, through thick and thin, good and bad, day in and day out. Being genuine "members of one another" is the way that Christ is to be seen in the world. This is what we desire, hope and long for at the Church of Charlottesville. Is that your passion? If so, you may want to join us.

Here are the 10 Reasons Not To Join A Church Plant...

This comes from Justin Buzzard via the Resurgence

1.  If you’re looking for the next cool thing in town (We want to grow by conversion growth, not church-goer transfer growth).

2.  If you’re a Christian and you don’t like your current church (You will find reasons to not like this church).

3.  If you have a bad track record at churches of being unteachable and causing problems (You won’t change here, you’ll repeat the pattern).

4.  If you’re a consumer wanting to “go to church” 1x a week for a nice show (We are not a Sunday show, we are a community of disciples on a mission).

5.  If you want religion (This church will be built on the radical gospel of grace).

6.  If you have an agenda (We have our vision, our mission, and our values–your private agenda does not supersede them).

7.  If you’re a wolf (We will sniff you out).

8.  If you think this will be a nice little church that stays the same size, where everybody knows your name and you have my cell number on speed dial and we have a picnic lunch together every week (By God’s grace, we want to grow).

9.  If you think this will be easy and smooth (This will be hard and difficult; this will be a fight, a battle, and a challenging mission).

10. If you want to hold onto your comfortable life (You must lose your life).

I also shared a quote from Ernest Shakelton, from the advertisement he used when recruiting men for his expedition to Antarctica in 1914:

"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success."