5 Suggestions When Hiring Staff

You’ve read the books, gone to school, gone through assessment, raised money, worked and reworked your vision statement, found a place to meet and made it through launch. 

Congratulations, you’ve planted your church!  

You thought the most difficult stage was over, right?

While the beginning stage of a church plant presents lots of challenges, I’ve found that as your church matures the decisions and leadership pressure only intensifies.  It is sort of like raising kids. When they are little it is physically demanding, but once your kids discover a world outside of your four walls, the parenting challenges, decisions and consequences intensify. Your 12-year-old daughter in a bikini is much different than your 2-year-old in one.

When it comes to church planting and leading a church there are numerous examples of this principle, but none more vivid than this: hiring staff.

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Church Overhauls Single Mom's Hot Dog Truck from True North Media on Vimeo.

Seeing a need and meeting it. (Even when things get messy.)

This is a 21st Century version of the 1st Century at True North Church.

May God receive the glory on Long Island!

It is always a joy to worship with one of our new churches and see the growth and development of a new Christ-following and Christ-honoring community!  Missio Dei in Salt Lake City was planted in 2010.  This past Sunday, leaders were prayed for and commissioned by the Management Team.

Praying for and commissioning Missio Dei’s leaders. What a blessing to worship with them this morning!

Orchard Group Podcast #4:

Roundtable Discussion on Serving Your Community

Jesus taught his followers, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you also do for me.” 

These words set a high standard for those of us who follow Jesus and work in churches! Today’s discussion will center around how several different churches live out the calling to serve Jesus and be a visible gospel in their communities.

Participating in the discussion:

Jonathan Williams, lead pastor of Forefront Church in NYC
Brad Canning, lead pastor of Church of Park Slope in Brooklyn NY
Jeremy Hazelton, lead pastor of Village Church in Buffalo, NY
Chris Travis of Everyday Church in New York City

Starting new churches is one of the most effective ways to share the gospel.

"Out of 500 people, I was the only black guy in the room."

Lead Planter Derrick Puckett, on his heart for Chicago, and the desire to be a part of a new church that has a vision to bring people of all backgrounds together.

Renewal Church website

Everyday Christian Church has 4 top-notch church planters speaking this summer.  That’s a lot of good speaking in one place!

Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and give these guys a listen.  

Aaron Brockett is on our Board of Directors and is the lead pastor of Trader’s Point Christian Church.  Jordan Rice is the lead planter for Renaissance Church in Harlem and Watson Jones, III is the lead planter for Restoration Church in Philadelphia.


Enjoying a Dutch breakfast with our Amsterdam hosts, Gerko & Rachelle. Gerko is exploring what a new church community can look like in this city.

Restoration Church from OrchardGroup on Vimeo.

1.5 million people
1.38 million don’t go to church

They didn’t go to church this past Sunday. They won’t be in church this upcoming Sunday. What would it look like to have a church that engages that culture?

Watson Jones, III on why he wants to be a part of a new church plant in Philadelphia.

video by Matthew Kern, Meraki Collective