I remember speaking at a denomination’s conference on improving church planting. They were a positive group with many good attributes and a genuine desire to make Jesus known. Their church planting numbers were weak, as were their recruiting numbers, so I addressed the question of where to find church planters. I was aware that, culturally speaking, this group was not as assertive as some. It seemed to me that they probably weren’t too good at recruiting one another to anything. I teased them, “I’d like someone to come on stage here and try to talk me into anything!” But on a serious note, I summed up my thinking this way: We often ask where to find new church planters, but we ought to be asking how we’re going to deliver them when we find them. Today, with the planting of new works on the minds of more and more people, that statement is truer than ever.
While our job as leaders is not to talk people into doing something they shouldn’t do, I want to talk about improving our recruiting abilities, because this really matters. This is about the Kingdom of God and eternity. For some lessons I learned along the way, continue reading over at Exponential>>>>>
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