Top Mistakes Part 14

Bob FranquizLeadership

#14 - I thought every idea could work in my environment I would listen to a CD or mp3 and hear an idea that another Pastor, church planter, or leader would have and I'd think, "That's a great idea, I should do that." Only to find that it wouldn't work here. What works at another church in a different city may or may not work in your town, but you have to figure that out. Frustration happens when you just adopt an idea or ministry paradigm without taking into consideration the uniqueness of the people in your area. There are ... Read More

MTV Video Music Awards Review

Bob FranquizUncategorized

I have to tell you, since I was watching the Video Music Awards, this year was one of the weakest lineups I've seen. I remember the year Metallica opened the show (that was a great year) or the year Blink 182 closed things out. But this year was kind of lame. I was wondering, where were the Foo Fighters who have a new album that's selling well; where was Jason Mraz; where was Dave Matthews; where was Switchfoot who have a new album coming out next month? I'm a hip hop fan, but this was a bit too much for ... Read More

Top Victories Part 14

Bob FranquizLeadership

#14 - I got ahead in my studying The early days for me were waking up early on Saturday only to find a blank sheet of paper. Then I would spend the next 15 hours putting a message together for Sunday. That is not a smart decision. Then I heard Andy Stanley talk a couple of years ago about how he is 3 weeks ahead in his preparation. I thought, "That can't be too hard to do." Let me tell you, this has made all the difference. It will take a little extra work the first couple of weeks, but ... Read More

Top 33 Mistakes Part 13

Bob FranquizLeadership

#13 - I gave too much weight to what insiders would think While my heart in the beginning was to reach outsiders, I found that soon after we started I was giving in to insiders for all the wrong reasons. This hurt us, because there was a moment when I drew a line in the sand and said, "This is not going to be an insider church. It's going to be a place where outsiders can learn and grow." Had I laid that out from the beginning, these people would have left because there's a million churches that are insider ... Read More

Top 33 Victories Part 13

Bob FranquizLeadership

#13 - I found someone who was a step ahead of me When we started our church, I had never read a book on church planting (Big mistake, by the way). But one thing I did do was learn from a friend that had planted a church 2 1/2 years earlier. I would call (i.e. pester) him with endless questions about every subject under the sun. And he was gracious enough to always take my calls and give me great guidance and direction. If you don't have someone like this, you've got to get one. Big conferences are great to ... Read More

Top 33 Victories Part 12

Bob FranquizLeadership

#12 - We took chances on people This must be balanced with proven character, but you can't wait forever before you let a person step up to a ministry role. I saw that with Mark our worship leader. While he was an extremely talented singer, he barely knew how to play guitar when we gave him the worship leader job. I would spend time teaching him chords and song transitions, and he would practice to get it right by Sunday. It was a calculated risk because while we wasn't a virtuoso on the guitar, he was a godly man that ... Read More

Top 33 Mistakes Part 12

Bob FranquizLeadership

#12 - Didn't do a great job of assimilation We weren't horrible at assimilating new people into church, but we didn't make it really easy. We saw many excited people fall through the cracks unnecessarily. I wish I could say we've fixed this problem 100%. We have not. But we are hoping to roll something out soon that works better than what we have done.

Top 33 Victories Review: Part 1-11

Bob FranquizLeadership

In case you missed an installment of my top 33 victories parts 1-11, here they are... #1 - We haven't been afraid to experiment#2 - I have made some great hiring decisions#3 - Unchurched people love us#4 - We made training a priority#5 - We've tried to do everything with excellence#6 - Our resources have always reflected our priorities#7 - I let my wife be herself#8 - We tried to do too much too soon#9 - We Chose Staff over a building#10 - We made creativity a priority#11 - I carved out time to study

Top 33 Mistakes Review Parts 1-11

Bob FranquizLeadership

In case you missed an installment, here are the first 11 posts to my top 33 mistakes in the first 5 years of church planting... #1 - I placed people in positions based on their potential, not on proven character.#2 - I gave too much of my time away to complainers#3 - I tried to be someone else#4 - I was afraid to teach on stewardship#5 - I didn't take enough time off#6 - I didn't realize the importance of Sunday morning#7 - I did not have a clearly defined vision before we started the church#8 - We tried to ... Read More