#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 stretch our minds and expand our vision, but it’s the guy down the street that can keep us from making a really bad decision.