I try to keep a coaching load of between 20-25. I have some openings if you are interested.  You can email me: davekraft763@gmail.com

Among those I currently coach, a few are church planters. A while ago, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about some things for those who are planting or revitalizing a church. Some of these thoughts can also apply to those who are in any kind of leadership role at a local church. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but just some things I was thinking about.


  • Create a “Personal Growth Plan” to keep yourself in good spiritual physical, emotional and relational health
  • Gather people by doing the work of an evangelist
  • Raise the necessary funding so you can be full-time
  • Decide how big your core needs to be to launch
  • Pick your launch date and reverse engineer it
  • Decide if you are going to be attractional- or small group-based in philosophy. See “Planting Churches that Reproduce “  by Joel Comiskey under the Book Notes tab for a great resource on this topic
  • Develop your by-laws and constitution
  • Develop a well thought through assimilation process
  • Develop your purpose, values, vision and strategic objectives
  • Define discipleship and what you will do to develop disciples
  • Design and implement a leadership development plan for future point people, deacons, elders and planters
  • Decide who your first hires will be: administrator, discipleship/CG, worship, children
  • Create a job description for yourself based on your gifts, calling, vision and capacity
  • Decide how you will allocate your time: study time , family time, personal (Jesus, eating, sleeping, exercise, fun times), evangelism, discipling, leadership development and fund-raising
  • Keep a close watch on your heart, ego and motives. What is driving you? Why do you do what you do
  • Always remember that God loves to take ordinary people and do extraordinary things. Always has. Always will