Most of the work that 218Consulting does is with churches that have been around for a while, and are looking to accelerate the effectiveness of their ministries. It has been great to rethink a few issues from the planters needs vs the established churches needs.
One of the topics today was on the importance of having a connection to a denomination. While I have said before that denomination means less to people than ever before, there is a time that it has great value.
As the new church starts, it is important to have credibility that you are providing a safe place. The denominitional tag gives that assurance. Over time, the church builds credibility on its own merits – and the denominational “brand” can be reconsidered. This is usually a 5- 7 year process. In some cases, you may decide to keep it – or you may find that it is a hindrance. Either way, you need to really take time in making that decision. Start by asking those people who are joining your church about the issue- they will give you great insights.