I answer this question almost daily. What does it mean for a Christian to join a church plant? Here are five things that I would suggest:

ONE: It means that you redefine your expectations.

One of the hardest things for people in joining a church plant is fighting through the early stages of what I like to call the grind. In a church plant, we are just starting. In all reality, we are a start-up.

That means expectations need to be redefined. Redefining expectations for what the church is becomes a great starting place when entering the waters of a church plant. When you do this, things become clear.

The mission becomes more important than our personal comforts and needs.

You realize that you don’t need that perfect worship experience, or that amazing kids ministry, and you realize that you have an amazing opportunity to help make a church plant better each and every day.

TWO: It means that you redefine success.

Depending on your context, this is an incredibly important point. If you are a Christian who is joining a church plant, then most of what you will be doing for the first 6-months is de-programming yourself from the last established church you attended. By default, you will think how they thought and use the language of your last church.

None of this wrong, however. What is more, you will not only have to unlearn and relearn concerning church culture, but you will also have to put aside the metrics that we often use for success in the church, which are basically the number of people at our gatherings.

We are small at this point… but we need you! And we need you to redefine success.

THREE: It means that you are joining the early stages.

You are joining something right from the beginning. That means you might jump in with the set-up team or stay late with the tear-down team.

There are many things that make the early stages hard, but there are many more experiences that make the early stages amazing! In fact, you get to experience in the joys of seeing the success of our church plant. That means you were here at the beginning or close to the beginning.

And not many people will get to say that!

You put in the sweat. You sacrificed to make what Veritas City Church is going to be. And there is great joy in knowing you were a part of the early stages.

FOUR: It means that you are about to sacrifice a little bit.

If you jump into the deep end of church planting, it is an incredible experience. In that joy, we learn what it means to sacrifice with our time, our talents, and our resources.

Church planting is an all hands on deck game, but the beauty of it is that you get develop a deep sense of community and camaraderie with others who are sacrificing in the same ways you are for the good of the mission.

And in that sacrifice, you begin see some amazing things happen.

FIVE: It means that you are about to experience some incredible personal growth.

One of the most incredible things about being a part of a church plant is the personal growth you get to experience as a Christian.

I talk with so many people at Veritas who are being stretched and challenged in so many ways because of their involvement in our church plant.

There are many ways to serve and find community. If you’re ready to jump into the waters of being a part of a church plant, then you better watch out… because you are about to experience some amazing personal growth!

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About the Author Greg Gibson

Greg is a husband, dad, church planter, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Veritas City Church in Washington, DC. He resides in Georgetown with his wife, Grace, and two children.