Andy Wood & Mike Hickerson

The “Why” –  7 Good Reasons To Plant A Church

About The Episode

“Church planting is not an easy sport, it’s an obedient sport.” There are good reasons and bad reasons to plant a church. The difference between the two is almost always tied to motivation. On today’s episode, Andy Wood and Mike Hickerson unpack the 7 good reasons to plant a church and share personal stories from their own experiences in church planting. 

Welcome to Episode 009 of The Unfair Advantage Podcast with Mike Hickerson and Andy Wood.

Insights From Mike & Andy


  1. Dream Stage:  0-9 Months
  2. Build Stage: 9-12 Months 
  3. Launch Stage: 12-18 Months 
  4. Growth Stage: 18-24 Months 
  5. Multiplication Stage: 24+ Months

THE WHY: What is your motivation for planting a church?

  1. You have a heart for the lost. 
    1. Do you love them AND like them? Are you truly driven by trying to reach them. If this is not the driving factor, it WILL be revealed down the road. 
  2. You have a vision from God. 
    1. Do I have a clear vision that God has put on my heart that is different from other churches?
  3. You have identified an unreached people group. 
  4. You are shaped to plant. 
    1. Spiritual gifts
    2. Heartbeat
    3. Abilities 
    4. Personality
    5. Experiences of your life
  5. You have a sending church. … (churches/ church planting network?)
    1. If you’re going out, you need a family behind you. To support you, to pray with you. Are there any other churches that are willing to stand with me in this process?
  6. You are called. 
    1. Biblical examples of calling – Jeremiah, Esther, Paul, old testament prophets, etc. 
  7. You can’t “not do it”

Episode Links

The Power of Place: Choosing Stability in a Rootless Age by Daniel Grothe

The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson

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Who Are Andy Wood & Mike Hickerson?

Andy Wood is the Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church. Andy and his wife Stacie are answering God’s call to serve at Saddleback after over a decade of church planting. The Wood’s started South Bay Church in 2009 with two other families. South Bay Church officially changed their name to Echo.Church in January of 2018. Echo.Church has become one of the fastest growing churches in the most unchurched area of the United States and is now reaching over 2,300 people in regular attendance in three locations across Silicon Valley.

Andy’s passion is to create environments that engage the unchurched people of the Bay Area. Along with leading the church, Andy enjoys investing time in helping church planters and church leaders think more innovatively and strategically to reach people in the most unreached areas of North America. Andy and Stacie have three kids, Caedmon, Sammy, and Karis. 

Mike Hickerson is the Lead Pastor of Mission Church in Ventura, CA. Mike describes himself as a church planter, lucky husband, outnumbered dad of three daughters, Oklahoma Sooner fan, coffee addict, and a struggling surfer.


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Quotes From Episode

“Success is faithful obedience to what God calls us to.”  Mike Hickerson 

“Church planting is not an easy sport, it’s an obedient sport.”

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