Is it better to be part of a church plant, or an established church? I don’t know that one is better than the other. But these are some observations I have had comparing the two. They are definitely generalizations. Most (if not all) of the bloggers here on Cross Connection are more experienced than I am, so I value the coming comments (both elaborative and corrective).
Pros for Church Plants; Cons for Established Churches
- Church plant members have a pioneering attitude.
- Established church members have a maintaining attitude.
- Church plant members are more willing to take risks.
- Established church members are afraid of risks, preferring what is comfortable or ‘established’.
- Church plant members are willing to think in a way that is new and different.
- Established church members prefer traditions and being able to anticipate the future.
- Church plant members constantly look ahead to what is going to happen.
- Established church members often look back at what has happened.
Pros for Established Churches; Cons for Church Plants
- Church plant members are sometimes those who think they can make the church the way they want it.
- Established church members are already content with the church structure.
- Church plants often lack resources including qualified workers.
- Established churches are often well funded and have more qualified workers.
- Church plant members sometimes think they can showcase their talent because the church is usually small.
- Established churches can discriminate more on who can fill roles because they are usually bigger.
Mix of Pros and Cons
- Church plants tend to be more missional focused in outreach (going to where unbelievers are).
- Established churches tend to be more attractional focused in outreach (bring unbelievers to where they are).
- Church plants tend to have a stronger emphasis on evangelism.
- Established churches tend to have a stronger structure for discipleship.
- Church plant members expect something more grassroots.
- Established church members expect something more professional.