Want Effective Church Planting?
When I think of effective church planting, I don’t always see myself as having been the poster child. However, through tenacity, attitude and perseverance, I learned three transferable character qualities to share with you. Unfortunately I didn’t read the amazing work of Dr. Aubrey Malphurs called “The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting” BEFORE I went into church planting. If you want to plant a church these days, you’ve got to have these three qualities in large quantities!
If you’re going to be an effective church planter, you’ve got to be flexible and adaptable. One thing you can count on is change; constant and abrupt change. You will always have it so you have to adapt yourself to the situation. Embrace the mentality that says, “I am always going to do whatever’s necessary whenever necessary.”
Demonstrating resilience is learning how to bounce back from failure. You’re going to get knocked down in church planting. Failing isn’t the issue, if you get back up after getting knocked down. Failure to get back up is. You’re going to make mistakes. I observed my son’s recent ski instructor say,
“if you’re not falling, you’re not learning.”
And so we have to be able to take risks and try new methods to reach people for Jesus. Three steps forward, two steps back is still advancing one step at a time! You have to experiment to find the best practices sometimes to be able to get the church started.
This requires the quality of resilience: expecting the unexpected and bouncing back from the negative experiences you encounter.
Exercising our faith is possessing a conviction regarding one’s call to church planting and believing in God’s Action. God is going to do it! Jesus said, “I will build my church” and we have to to exercise faith in Him if we are going to be effective church planters.
Question: What’s another tip you would give a Church Planter? Answer in the Comments below or on Twitter @NeilRSchultz: