Ed Stetzer, a contributing editor for Christianity Today, writes about how you may determine if you will be a successful church planter. Pastors can be very talented in various ministries. He summarizes “Pastors who plant churches have a very specific calling with accompanying gifts. It is not a better calling, just different.” What are indicators for successful church planters?
Ministry Initiation – Do you have a pattern of successful ministry initiation? Church planters should already have a track record of launching new ministries such as bible study or youth programs. Is there a consistent flow of “launch” in your ministry career?
Ministry Multiplication – Do you have a record of training others in ministry areas and then let them go to lead? If you have a tendency to want to do it right by doing it yourself you likely do not have God’s calling to be a church planter.
Family Commitment – Potential church planters can be filled with passion and enthusiasm, but there needs to be a family commitment. If there is no affirmation of the calling from your family, it should be great cause for caution. As the author says “If God has not led us both in a direction, then neither of us will go in that direction. Church planters can get “drunk with vision” as they are filled with passion and enthusiasm.”
Personal Wiring – Church planters are built a little differently. Church planters have a constant desire and drive to start new things, and have the ability to be calm about the process.
Church Affirmation – Be hesitant about your calling if your church is hesitant. This could be tricky if your plan is to plant outside your current church because your church leaders may be concerned about potential competition. Planting is more likely to succeed if you receive church sponsorship.
Stetzer writes in more detail and offers other things to consider. Click here to read the whole article.
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