We recently took a survey of portable church pastors around the country to find out what was ONE THING they would do differently if they were to start over again, and what was ONE THING they did well when planting their church. Today, we want to introduce you to Peter Brown of The Edge Church. Enjoy!
The Edge Church | Knightdale, NC
The Edge Church was launched February 22nd, 2015. Edge is a life-giving, ARC church in Knightdale, North Carolina.
Given the experiences and knowledge you have now as a church planter/pastor, what is the ONE THING you would do differently if you were starting over again?
If I could go back and do one thing differently pre-launch, I’d pursue a right-hand person to launch the church with me.
We’ve had an incredible launch team join us and we’ll forever be grateful for their sacrifice. But since launching, I’ve met other planters who’ve launched as a group of 2 or even 3 who are “all in” from the beginning. Having another person or two who are your right-hand would be huge. Think about it: if you’ve lost your voice one Sunday, you have someone who can step in and teach from day one. If you are deathly ill or break an ankle, you’ve got someone who knows the ins and outs of the church.
What was ONE THING you did well when planting your church that you would highly suggest to other planters?
Getting the word out about a church launch is vital and it’s something we did well. Whether or not people came to launch (or post-launch services), they knew about us.
We had several social gatherings where we’d share our story and try to recruit. We also threw up signs everywhere and had car magnets with our church info. Several people on the launch team had magnets on their cars. We had invite cards, social media presence, etc. and it all helped us get the word out.
Peter Brown is lead pastor of The Edge Church. His family of six pulled off a successful parachute plant within eight months. If he can talk other planters out of planting, he will, because it’s the hardest thing someone could ever attempt to do.