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

Best For

clergy or lay leaders interested in starting a new church


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • 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 is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. 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 Learns.

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