Launch Team Mistakes

I hard to believe that 3 years ago Mary and I assembled a Launch Team to help start The Point Church.  Crazy how time really flies!  We spent a lot of time teaching, praying, preparing and strategizing with this team of 44 people.  They are some of my greatest friends and biggest fans.  It sounds amazing to have that base of people – but fast-forward and only 8 are still part of our church (including my wife and I).

There were several mistakes I made with our Launch Team:

  • We gave them an easy out.  Our Launch Team only had to commit for 6 months.  After that they could decide to extend or pull out.  Most pulled out after that timeline.
  • I never thought the Launch Team would leave.  I honestly thought they would stay with us – once they saw the vision in motion.  When they left we were filled with holes in volunteers and finances.
  • I assumed that people who never brought a friend to church would do it because we are the “cool”, new church.  Notice the sarcasm.  People did not change.  I expected different results from the same people.  Very few of our Launch Team members invited/brought tons of visitors – some did not bring any.
  • I knew some of them way too long – many were part of my youth ministry.  I treated them like my kids at times and not ministers.  Big difference.  I was too comfortable with them and often could appear demeaning (that’s hard to admit).
  • I tried to be who I was not.  Yep.  I was trying to figure out who I was and what kind of pastor I wanted to be.  I could not understand why people would not follow me.  I realized it later – I did not know who I was as a Lead Pastor – I was trying to figure it all out.
  • I welcomed people on our Launch Team who loved us, but did not love our vision. That’s why so many left after the 6 month mark.  They helped “US” launch the church, but they did not embrace the vision  like we did.  This was the biggest and most devastating mistake.

Well, even though I made some mistakes as a leader.  Too many to blog about, I can still thank God that He is building His Church in Westbury.  We have grown by 30% in the last 2 years.  Nearly 200 people have started a relationship with Jesus.  53% of our church serves on a ministry team.  I could go on and on.

Here’s the key:  Make mid-course corrections.  Don’t be too proud to adjust your leadership style and your strategies.  It has made all the difference in the world at The Point!!!

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