Church Planting Together

Church Planting Together

Church planting is tough and affects every area of the church planter's life. Join church planters Loren and Carrie Pankratz (with over 11 years experience) as they delve into their struggles, the times they totally nailed it, and the things they wish they would have done differently in their Utah church plant. You can also expect to hear from church planting couples in different phases of the journey. In each episode, you will find helpful, practical tips for planting a church and keeping your marriage strong in the process. If you and your spouse are planting a church, thinking of planting a church, or supporting someone who is, this is the podcast for you.

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January 10, 2022 33 min

Episode 35- As we begin the new year, resolutions are on everyone's minds. In this episode, Loren and Carrie discuss setting goals for the church plant and your family. Many people have heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals, but Loren will introduce us to D.U.M.B goals in this episode.
D-Do
U-Unless (you want)
M-Momentum (to)
B-Break

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Most pastors don't take a "marketing your church" class in seminary.  Some people even think of marketing as a bad word when it comes to church, but Loren thinks of it as sewing seeds of awareness in the community. If people don't know you exist, they can't come. In this episode, Loren shares many of the things he has done over the years and shares the importance of under selling and over delivering.

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Where there are people, there is poop! Wise words spoken by Loren Pankratz! In this episode, Loren and Carrie share some difficult things that they experienced from friends leaving the church, relationships with people that they had invested in, and staff changes that almost broke them. They share what gets them through and how their relationship with each other and their relationship with the Lord is stronger for it.

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On any given Sunday, many things can go wrong... Like waking up and puking your guts out. What do you do when you can't preach the sermon you prepared? What do you do if the power is out in the building or your technology has a mind of its own??? In this episode, Loren and Carrie talk about what you should do today to prepare for these types of emergencies. Stay tuned for Loren's emergency sub plans for pastors... coming to...

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Holidays can be wonderful as well as stressful. In this episode, Loren and Carrie share some of the difficulties they have had when it comes to holidays and they give some ideas of things to think through so that you can avoid the loneliness and getting your family mad at you that they experienced.

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October 31, 2021 31 min

Carrie shares that she has made a temporary life change; therefore, some things will change.  For everything to work for their family, they will be publishing every other Monday instead of every Monday as they have been. Then, in this episode of Church Planting Together,  Loren and Carrie share what they are doing to prepare this time that they failed at the last time Carrie taught. Loren also compares it to early on in the church ...

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Starting out, Loren and Carrie were ready to take on the world... and then reality set in. In this episode, they share five things they wish that someone would have told them before they began their church plant. They figured them out as they went along, but having a plan would have saved some stress and heartache along the way. 

Here are the five points:

1. Remember you are a team
2. Take the long view
3. Rest
4. Check your finances
5....

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Most church planters want their church to be legit, and establishing elders seems like a way to make that happen. In this episode, Loren and Carrie talk about the path to eldership in their church plant. They talk about three phases:

1. Document People phase
2. Advisory Board
3. Elders

Loren also shares about what goes on at an elder meeting, the role of his elders at his church, and a great way to pray through scripture.

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When you are working hard to fill other people's tanks, yours doesn't get filled. Leading on an empty tank is no good. It can be harmful to both your church plant and to your marriage. In this episode, Loren and Carrie talk about the importance of attending events that you are not in charge of leading. There are many options out there. Here are a few that Loren and Carrie mentioned in this podcast.
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Don't Let your church life crowd out your capacity to love your neighbor. In the early days of church planting, it's easy to be intentional about meeting new people. But, as time goes on, things get more and more complicated. In this episode, Loren and Carrie talk about intentionality around continuing to reach out to those around you. They share why it is essential and give practical examples and resources for reaching you...

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Attending a church planting conference is fun, but it can also leave you feeling like you don't measure up. In this episode, Loren and Carrie talk about how you can manage your expectations and still cheer for and celebrate the church down the street. They discuss the tricky task of finding the sweet spot between working hard, desiring to see God move in huge ways, and being content with the results. It's not an easy task.

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September 20, 2021 31 min

Small groups have impacted Loren and Carrie in major ways of their lives. To help people grow in community, this is one of the main strategies in their church plant. In this episode, Loren and Carrie talk through the theology behind small groups, thinking through the purpose they serve in your overall mission, and explain why they landed on a closed group model. They also give some practical tips for hosting small groups in your ho...

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As church planters, our goal is to help people find Jesus and follow Him with their whole lives. However, it can be difficult to know how to get people from the front door into the church's life and a growing relationship with Jesus. In this episode, Loren and Carrie share what they did to connect people in the early days of the church plant and how they were forced to rethink things when it didn't produce the results they ...

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How do I support my spouse, who works long hours at her job while we are planting a church? This was a question asked of Loren and Carrie that they didn't have a chance to answer. While everyone's situation is different, Carrie and Loren had an experience where Carrie went from being a stay-at-home mom to working 60 hours a week. In this episode, they talk about how they worked through the challenges of sharing duties aroun...

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Time management is important in every aspect of life. However, for many creative, visionary leaders, managing time does not come naturally. In this episode, Loren shares his day-to-day schedule, and Carrie shares how she was able to be efficient with her time while teaching. In addition, they both share the ground rules they put in place for their family early on and how they continue to make their family a priority.  If you are a ...

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Church planting consists of ever-changing seasons of ministry. But, for those who don’t enjoy change, it is a continual cycle of celebrating and grieving.  In this episode, Loren and Carrie reminisce about the different seasons of the church plant and point out both the strengths and weaknesses of each phase. 

The seasons discussed are:

Prelaunch: Gathering a launch team

Prelaunch 2: Preparing to launch

Post launch

Moving to two service...

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Money is the least fun part of church planting. It is easy to let your personal budget get eaten up with church planting expenses in the early days. In this episode, Loren and Carrie share mistakes that they made and how they eventually fixed the problem and found the ability to give more and give intentionally. In addition, they offer some practical tips and share how Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University afforded them the ...

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Church Planting will put great stress on your marriage relationship and we want you to be prepared. This is an episode that you won't want to miss! Kevin and Brooke Llanos have been through serious difficulties in their marriage and now counsel others to grow and maintain a healthy and strong relationship. In this episode, Kevin and Brooke share tools and tricks to have better communication and remain a team in your marriage. T...

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Sometimes God decides that it is time for you to plant a church. In this episode, Loren and Carrie interview new church planters, Kevin and Brooke Llanos. They intended to have a neighborhood bible study, but God had other plans. Even though they don't fit the church planter mold, God has been faithful to bring them through every step of the process so far. In this episode, they talk about how God leads them and some of the ble...

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It might feel impossible to take a Sunday off in the early days... and later days of church planting, but do it! Do it now! In this episode, Loren and Carrie share how taking time off has been good for their relationship and church. They share why you should take a vacation and how when the resources aren't there.

Below is a blog post by Ed Stetzer containing free and discounted resources for pastors broken down by state. I hav...

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