Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Church Starts

by Jim Griffith, Bill Easum. Chalice Press, 2008.


This resource is for individuals interested in starting a new church and shows how to overcome inevitable challenges, all while focusing on the most important part --- sharing God's love with others.


examples from real-life churches

Recommended Audience

clergy or lay leaders interested in starting a new churc


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Formalize a timeline of when to launch, when to solidify leadership positions, and how to have a conversation about important topics like money.
  • Avoid time and resource-wasting mistakes by learning from the experience of previous churches.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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