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Episode #24 – ?Jason Rumbough Boots on the Ground Highlight?

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**Show Note** Early Wednesday morning East Nashville TN was it with a severe tornado. Many business and homes in the area were impacted, 24 lives were lost and the community is in great need. Jason’s church, Hope Church was undamaged yet just blocks from the church the damage was severe.  Pray for Jason and his church as they provide much needed support, care and the hope of the Gospel to those impacted by this storm.

Here are some of the show highlights

Jason Rumbough is the Replant Pastor of Hope Church Nashville, a Replant from Eastland Baptist Church

Eastland Baptist Church was 106 years old, down to 40 people, average age of the congregation was 72 years.

As a Replant from within, this is the most difficult type of Replant.

One Sunday, the attendance was 13, six of which were Jason’s family. This was a low point and also a turning point.

Things began to turn around-God began brining people to the church, assembling a team of unlikely people who formed the Replanting core group.

Jason began doing the work of an Evangelist, people came to faith and the Church has grown.

In a Replant people may not know exactly what the Gospel means, how it informs us and how it leads us on mission. It’s important define the Gospel.

When you preach the Gospel, people may leave.

Replanting from within is difficult, it’s hard. One of the things that helps, is being honest about where you are with yourself and the church.

One of the long time members at Eastland said: “I knew we needed to change, I just didn’t know it would be this hard.”

Advice to Replanters: Love your people, preach the gospel, take care of your family.

The Soda Parlor

Burger Up

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Episode #21 – Replant Hacks – Volume 2

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The guys are back with Replant Hacks vol. 2. Checkout some of these helpful tricks of the trade they’ve found useful as Replanters.

Ring.com Video Doorbell: allows you to interact with someone who stopped by the church office. You can also delegate answering to others.

Google Voice: allows you to forward calls, set up voice mail and text alerts.

Wunderlist: for to-do lists, tasks and sharing. (We’re sad..it’s switching to Microsoft To Do)

Asana: a great task manager

MileIQ: a great way to keep up with your mileage for expense reporting.

SimplifyChurch.com: a great way to manage your finances, payroll and taxes.

-The most read blog on churchreplanters.com

Childrensbulletins.com: a great way to connect with your children when they are attend Big Church.  They are customizable and can display your church logo.

Google Docs: a great one stop shop for all your document needs.

Smallgroup.com: every study that Lifeway has produced is available to you online and fees are based on size of your church.

Think differently about how you do outreach: commission your church members and attenders to be mission partners with existing organizations.

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Episode #20 – How NOT to Change the Name of a Replant

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(JimBo) As a Campus of Hibernia Baptist Church at Hyde Park, we were going autonomous and needed to change our name.

The process that was suggested to JimBo

-Announce a name change (you have 6 weeks)

-If you (JimBo) have an idea-share it with the church

-Gather suggested names from the entire congregation

-Hold a two votes: one to arrive at the top name and then to select the name from the top vote getters

 

Funny names that were submitted: MoTown Church, Good Friends Church

 

Mistakes I made along the way:

-Accepting names from everyone multiple times for six weeks (unlimited suggestions accepted)

-Failing to check to see if the suggested names were already being used by churches in our city

(After googling EACH of the SUGGESTED NAMES every single suggested name was being used by a church in our city, except one, Redemption Church)

-Giving too many options created conflict.

-We ended up having to do re-vote

 

Things I learned along the way

-Always google any suggested names to see if they are eligible.

-Never “wing” a business meeting always have a plan

-Limit the options to diminish conflict.

-It may be a good idea to have a detailed minded person to moderate your business meetings-especially potentially contentious ones.

-Visiting in the community helped me to see how people in our community responded to “Baptist” in our name.

-Be transparent and own your mistakes:I had to confess that I messed up the whole process in public and in private.

-When conflict is serious, pause: we chose not to vote after the two weeks of deliberation because the conflict was so serious.

 

Suggested Process from Kevin Handy in Replant Roadmap

  1. Celebrate the old name 
  2. Look for sacred cows
  3. Pick a name that honors the legacy of the name of the church (Bob threw a flag on this)
  4. Spell out clearly the reasons for the name change

 

Redemption Church in Jacksonville FL

Replant Road Map by Mark Hallock

Name Change Documents mentioned by Bob

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Episode #19 – Replant Hacks – Volume 1

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Bob and JimBo take some time to share their favorite Replant hacks. This wide ranging conversation had the boys riffing about practical stuff they have found helpful to them as Replanters.

 

How do you handle pit stains?  Thompson Tees

Need some Graphic Design help: canva.com and Ignitermedia.com

Great photos sources: Pexels and Unsplash

Need to communicate with volunteer team members and want to do it outside of text and email?  Slack.com is your huckleberry.

Flocknote is a great way to communicate with your church family.

Mailchimp is awesome for E-Newsletters

Want to write notes to your congregation? Check out JimBo’s favorite app: feltapp.com

Here’s a great resource on cutting down your sermon prep: Eight Hours or Less

Make a change from celebrating statistics to stories, stories of life change, transformation, God breaking through, answering prayer.

 

Fun Links

Congrats to JimBo’s LSU Tigahs!

Which is the real “death valley”

The Earthquake Game

 

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Episode #18 – Replanter Wives – The Unsung Heroes of Replanting

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Joining the guys on this episode are Barb Bickford and Audrea Stewart, they share from their experience as spouses of Replanters.

Is it harder for the Pastor’s wife than anyone else?

-Yes, a lot of times it is. When people attack or criticize your husband (the pastor) you feel the need to defend.

-You often feel alone.

 

What do you wish someone would have told you about Replanting?

-It’s hard and it is supposed to be

-It’s lonely. Replanting is unique, it’s not like anything else.

-Friendships are difficult, you often benefit from having friends outside your Replant.

 

What are some helps during the difficult days?

-Other pastors, often more seasoned older pastors and their spouses who can listen, pray and encourage you.

-Reading helpful books (see some of them below)

-Be prayed up, be ready.

 

How do you deal with personal attacks?

You have to let a lot of things roll off your back

-Recovering from serious attacks-is a very long process.

-Give yourself time to recover-spend time in prayer, give the hurt to God.

-Be okay with not being who people think you should be, be who God has made you to be, and do what he has called you to do.

 

How do you deal with the revolving door of people coming and going from your church?

Maintain perspective, people come and go.

-Many of the people who join you in the first years of your Replant will not be with you in the second or third year.

-The more adamant a person is that they will stay with you regardless are most often the ones who will leave.

-Often you will be tempted to think you are not enough-but the truth is you never were, only God is enough.

 

What are the unique joys of being a Replanter’s wife?

Remember what it was like in the early days and look at what the church is like now!

-Stories of life change!

-The personal transformation that has taken place in our lives personally.

 

Links Mentioned on the Show

Brother’s Taco House (the place where we ate breakfast, twice!)

The Google “Florida Man” Phenomenon

She can’t even Play the Piano

Leading and Loving it

Replanters Wife Facebook Group

 

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Episode #17 – Websites, Social Media, and Marketing in a Replant with Wesley Lewis from OneEighty Digital

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It was great to have Wesley Lewis from our podcast sponsor Oneeightydigital.com talk all things Website, social media and all relevant topics.

It’s a good probability that one of the first things needing to be changed is the website of a Church needing Replanting.

The Website is the “front door” of your church.

 

Things to avoid your church website:

-Using stock photos

-Representing something that you are not

-Not including contact information, address, email and a map

 

The web is the “yellow” pages of today-you want to be found, you want to provide good information that helps people know who you are.

 

Things to make sure your website has:

-A good header image (you have 5 seconds to make a good impression)

-Where you are, your service schedule, how to contact your church

-A brief description about what your church is like (using language that any outsider who si not part of your church could understand) 

-All this needs to be available within one scroll

 

Is it important to have sermon archives/sermon podcast on your website?

-Definitely, your members are most likely to listen to the entire message, guests will listen to clips.

-Consider transcribing your sermons this creates more hits on search engines.

-Use key words to give an SEO boost.

 

Should a Replant or Normative Size Church “live stream” their services?

-Livestream is mostly likely for your members or attenders who cannot be there

-Guests will most likely watch clips

-One positive is that live streaming extends your ministry a bit beyond your local area. 

-In some cases this allows for you to reach out to those who might want to partner with your church financially.

-Mark Zuckerberg has said that the future of Facebook is video.

 

Is there a way to get the passwords from someone who may be disgruntled and won’t give them? 

-Yes, you’ll need to contact Wesley to find out how.

 

What kind of person should run your website?

-Someone who knows how to connect with your community.

-Someone who possesses a missions mindset that desires to reach people with the gospel.

-They don’t have to be the most tech-savvy or the most social media savvy, but someone who knows how to tell stories well-people really respond to stories.

 

What can you do if you struggle to think about what to put on the website?

-Tell good stories

-Celebrate your strengths

 

Should you work with a company or just use a site builder?

-You always get a better product when you work with a team to develop your sites through a creative collaborative process.

-Predefined sites which you can customize are good but may limit what you can do in terms of telling your stories.

 

Wesley’s toolbox recommendations for your website

-Develop a good content team: to capture and write up stories for your site.

-Use a social media scheduler

-Invest in marketing: understand that you are marketing even if you don’t market. Empower people to share news about your church through good content.

-Develop a google my business page: make sure it’s accurate and up to date.

-Get info from a professional: even if you just buy someone lunch-pick their brain, get their opinions about marketing, sites and how your church can connect with the community.

 

Episode #16 – Rebranding and Replanting with Special Guest Rodney Richardson of Rare Design

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When NBA, NFL teams, and other major sports franchises want to rebrand they call Rodney Richardson at Rare Design. Rare Design also helps a lot of churches and Rodney is a lay elder at The Church at 4 Points. Rare Design and 4 Points help support and manage Ddembe Ministries in Uganda. Rodney has served in various forms of lay leadership in local churches – including one replant. The combination of his ministry experience and professional expertise give him a unique and valuable perspective on replanting and rebranding.

“Branding” is about much more than good looking images. “When I use the word ‘brand’ it is synonymous with story. It is your story.”

We need to understand who we are. Where we come from. Our heritage. A lot of times we forget why we got into things in the first place. So much about replanting and rebranding is remembering. Remembering the story of the church. Embracing the story and the legacy of the church.

A vital characteristic for a replanter is a Respect for a Church’s Legacy – “A pastor with Respect for a Church’s Legacy knows how to love and build off of a church’s past without allowing people in the congregation to idolize it in an unhealthy way.” This requires a posture of humility.

Replanters need to recognize that God planted the church they are pastoring intentionally. Each church is a unique place in the world. No other church has the exact same story.

Sometimes when looking into the history of the church you are pastoring you might find things you wish weren’t there. We have to be honest about the past and approach it with grace. We have to recognize and repent of things like this when we find them. Sometimes there are things that must be dealt with. Sometimes there are wounds and there has to be a healing process. Part of replanting is facing the ugly stuff. “If we don’t know it, if we don’t admit it, then we can’t know how to deal with it to move forward in right ways.”

Ecclesiastes 4:12 – Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

  • The three strands of any organization are:
    • The Story – Vision, Mission, History, Beliefs, The Stories of Who We Are
    • The Culture – Systems, Structure, Personnel, Processes, Protocols, The Daily Living of Who We Are
    • The Expression – Identity, Marketing, Public Relations. The Outward Expressions of Who We Are

The story is the most vital. We need to build our structures and expressions according to our story. When all 3 strands converge, your entire organization will come into alignment, positioning you for success.

People aren’t coming to your church because they want a cool logo and/or website. People are hurting. People are looking for connection. They are looking for real relationships. They are looking for real answers as to who they are and who they are created to be.

It is important to discover who God has wired you to be as an individual and as a church. When Jesus called the disciples he called a tax collector, a zealot, a doubter,  and an impetuous guy who just said whatever came to his mind. Each of these men served God through their personality of who God wired them to be.

Replanters need to figure out what the personality of the church is. Effective replanters have a good sense of Organizational Awareness – A replanter with Organizational Awareness is adept at understanding how power dynamics work within the church, anticipating how changes would be received, recognizing where change may produce friction, and showing an awareness of how current practice and changes affected their position within the community in which they served.

At Rare Design we challenge people to practice the law of asymmetry – dare to be different. You have permission to be who God has called you to be. Don’t measure against the “crowd” – don’t fall into herd mentality. Be empowered in who God has called you to be as a church. You don’t have to be cool and trendy – you have to be who God has called you to be.

When we say we want a good logo or branding usually we are saying we want good expression. But you can’t express what you don’t know.

We are always story telling. Let’s make sure we are telling the greatest story ever told.

 

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Episode #15 – Dealing with Depression and Discouragement with Special Guest Mark Clifton

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Mark Clifton, Sr. Director of Replant of the North American Mission Board, stopped by the bootcamp and dropped some great knowledge and advice about how to deal with discouragement and depression as a Replanter.

How can a Replanter stay encouraged and healthy?

  • Unfortunately many don’t.
  • Pastors operate wounded and then wound others-spending $20 on a 10 cent problem.
  • Satan’s number 1 tool against a Pastor is depression/discouragement.
  • The weight of ministry creates a cycle of discouragement and depression that often creates a victim mentality and a context in which operating with emotional intelligence is difficult.

If you find your purpose, joy and meaning in how well your church is doing–you’ll be feeding off the congregation and not feeding them. And you’ll always be searching for Joy.

Find your joy in Jesus alone.

Talk to yourself, instead of listening to yourself.

Should a Pastor admit struggles and weaknesses?

  • You need to be vulnerable as a Pastor, but you also need to be cautious about how and with whom you are vulnerable.
  • Find a group of Leaders (Other Pastors, Director of Missions, Associational Missional Strategist, Elders) who you are living in community with and be vulnerable with them.
  • Be wise about your struggles with the congregation during your preaching.
  • We must remember that we have the Gospel-our trust is not in ourselves but in Jesus.
  • Use your weaknesses and inadequacies to point to the cross instead of using them to garner sympathy. 

What are some other sources of encouragement for a discouraged Pastor/Replanter?

  • Read the Scriptures
  • Read the Puritans
  • Listen to good sermons (Spurgeon, Martin Lloyd Jones)
  • The Valley of Vision
  • Read good biographies
  • Watch historical documentaries
  • Find a Hobby
  • Enjoy your family
    • Two rules for parenting: love Jesus and have fun
    • Don’t unload your church frustrations on your spouse/family.

Relax and remember that the church is the Lord’s, he is the one who will grow it and care for it.

Fight for your joy, the gospel and your church.

Are there some signs that it’s time to consider transitioning away from your church?

  • If the work is destroying your family, faith and your Christian walk-you may need to consider stepping down.

To be honest, some men should not be Pastors, and they need to come to terms with that. They could be called to be a good church leader, a great church member.

Every Pastor must have a clear call from God-or he shouldn’t be pastoring.

Often, in the midst of discouragement a Pastor is prone to choose isolation over community.

Find a good Christian counselor-for yourself and for your congregation. 

If you are a Pastor experiencing serious discouragement please reach out to someone for help today.

Helpful Resources

Revitalize by Andy Davis

Sermons by Martin Lloyd Jones

Medication and Depression by Bob Bickford

Pastor Hotline: 1-844-PASTOR1  (1-844-727-8671)