People told me, "don't rush", "don't start services too early", etc, etc, etc. I DID NOT LISTEN.
Here is why this is important. Your goal is not to start a church that goes through motions; services, small groups, programs. Your goal is start a Church with a vision and purpose. If you start programs before vision and purpose is caught, you are driven by those things. If you have vision and purpose with people craving to start other things; you will be Vision and purpose driven.
Your primary goal as the Pastor of the Church is to continually cast your Church to fulfill the call that God has on their lives. That call is to learn the ways of God and share them with others. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING AT THE BEGINNING!
If you do not listen to this advice, you will find yourself frustrated that no one really gets the vision, that you are not attracting people who get the vision, and that you never have enough people serving ( you will always feel like this, but you literally won't without vision).
When do I start?
Launch your church the next opportune time AFTER your church's passion for its vision and purpose is busting at the seams!
What if the people who are a part of my core team because we take longer to have services, etc?
JESUS LEFT THE 99 FOR THE 1 LOST PERSON. VISION IS WORTH LOSING PEOPLE
What positions do I need filled before I start?
That varies. You probably won't have the level that you desire to have. VISION will attract these people though so thats what I would focus on.