In my experience the best church planting organizations are more “church planter-oriented” than “church planting oriented”. Let me explain. A number of years ago we discovered that the best way to steward the journey of starting new churches was to put the bulk of our resources into the point people who do the work of getting a new congregation under way. It’s a goofy term—“church planter”–one with biblical roots. “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” (I Corinthians 3:6). Bottom line is that we look for people who have the capacity to start new works from scratch. What do church planters look like? Who do you know who might be a potential church planter?
Are you entrepreneurial?
Those who plant churches are typically entrepreneurial. They can start things from scratch, and they have a history of that. I remember as a little boy growing up a few hundred yards away from the large shipyards in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, that I would spend my free time making wooden boats. They weren’t much, but I would create boats from scrap wood and adorn them the best I could. Then I would put them in my wagon and head down the street when the work whistle blew at 3:30—and then I would sell boats to shipyard workers. It worked. I was from a family of entrepreneurs, and I found that I could do things without a template.
Do you connect well with non-Christians?
Those who plant churches often have great relationship-building capacity with unchurched people. They mix it up as their kids’ school, or on the soccer field, or at the health club. They care about evangelism and making Christ known.
Do you possess these qualities?
Those who plant churches can envision a favorable future, they can build teams, they can rebound from setbacks. And sometimes they bristle at conventionality. I could go on and on.
Here are your next steps:
Do you think you might be a church planter and don’t know what your next step is? You can contact me using the form below or via the Coaching Services page above. I use a proven assessment process, coach people well, and try to manage the risks that are inherent in any new venture. When we work together, the Kingdom of God goes on and on.