2 Corinthians 10:12-18…We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you. 14 We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. 15 Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand, 16 so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory. 17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Church planting cannot be accomplished because someone has an idea to plant a church! There needs to be the call of God, no question!! There also needs to be the desire to see a place and a people radically changed for Jesus! That desire also has to translate into hard work. It means saying YES to Jesus and in doing so it is also saying NO to many other people and things, and very often even to saying NO to ourselves.
The task of church planting involves forging uncharted territory. It means PIONEERING.
As church planters we pioneer for one reason: To bring glory to Jesus. Our desire is to make His name great and to extend His kingdom.
God doesn’t give cities to churches but rather gives churches to cities to impact them for the King!
I believe there are 3 ways in which this happens:
INFLUENCE-we have influence at every level: spiritual, financial, relational and a confidence that our region places in us as a result of the influence we have had in these other areas.
INCREASE-We see increase, not just numerically, but an increase in our profile within the region we are working.
IMPACT-We impact our cities and leave an impression of who Jesus is.
The local church needs to be at the center of our strategy for church planting.
Here are a few ways we can prepare our churches to develop that culture…
We must be persuaded in our hearts that planting is strategic!! It cannot be for the person who is bored or wants a different challenge in their life.
I believe that world evangelization is a fantasy if we don’t plant churches!!
This takes strategy and thoughtfulness. These come by the way of revelation. We have to hear God, find out what is on His heart and execute it to the best of our ability!
It will slow down our momentum and growth as a local church.
If we are sending our best they are usually the givers of time,treasures & talents and are the most committed people.
If that is the case,when they go it will have an effect on our momentum initially!
We have to ask ourselves often, “Is our togetherness as important as our local church?”
When we can consistently say yes, we have come to the place where we are allowing the people around us to let their gifts make room for them. As that happens there will be some that are called to leave. It is a fact of life and something as church planters we must embrace.
The more we try and deny people their call and hold them back in order to “grow” our local church, we will lose them and many more key, large capacity people.
Let’s keep the focus around Jesus and advancing His kingdom!That will ensure a pure heart motivates our responsibilities.
Remember friends, open handedness is the key to releasing as well as receiving kingdom minded people within our togetherness.
4) READYING PEOPLE
Are we training leaders “FOR” our church or “THROUGH” our church for the world?There is a big difference!
We should always with purpose continue to:
This is the only way we see our pioneers activated and released into the fullness of their call.
5) RECOGNIZE every opportunity
We should constantly be on the lookout for who it is God is calling. Healthy conversations with our elders and the translocal team are needed regularly. Raising up and releasing leaders should be kept before your…
Even within our corporate prayer meetings we should be praying for church plants, current as well as future plants!
6) REALITY in our finances
This is often the most overlooked piece of church planting. It takes money to plant a church, let’s be real! If our personal finances are not in a good place, we are setting ourselves up for a very difficult journey. We don’t need to be independently wealthy by any stretch, but we should live within our means, by faith in order to have the ability to speak into the churches finances as well as our people, with integrity.
7) RELEASING people
Not everyone is called to lead a church plant. There are those that are called to go and be part of plants, help finance, help them get up and running, etc.
Team is helpful when church planting. We are all limited in what we can do alone.
We as local churches need to embrace our biblical responsibility and continue to accept our role in developing a CULTURE of PLANTING & KEEPING it!!