I’m really new at being a church planter, but I’ve already figured out what the 2nd role of a church planter is…
Just Be With People.
A few months ago I had the privilege of going to a church planters boot camp put on by Stadia.
Wow, what an amazing week.
But, one of the things that stuck with me was how much time a church planter needs to be in the community. We talked about that in great detail and they gave us amazing ideas.
Yeah, I guess it’s a no-duh statement, but I’ve been ministry for a long time (18 years actually) and I know first hand that the work of ministry is time consuming.
There will be forever be pastor jokes about us only working on Sunday’s, but I’m proud of the fact that I’ve worked my tail off for the last 18 years. I know the roles and the churches that I’ve had the privilege of serving at were a blessing from God and I always wanted to give 110%.
I know I need to give more now.
And, I know that church planters can never forget that they must be with people. We must be with people!
Here’s a few ways I’m trying to be with people:
1. Meet my volunteers or people interested in the church wherever and whenever they want. I never want to be a Pastor who makes people come to me. If my schedule is open, I will always drive to wherever and whenever is best for the person I’m meeting with it.
2. Work as much as I can in public. I will always spend as much time as I can meeting, working, studying and being with people at places like Panera Bread or Starbucks! Why? It reminds me constantly that I’m planting a church to reach new people for Jesus. When they’re always around me, it keeps me in the right frame of mind.
3. Attend as much stuff as I can. As our family schedule allows, I want to be at parades, and games and picnics. I want to attend Thrive kidz games and as much stuff as I can.
4. Volunteer in the community. I’m a little league coach. I’ve coached soccer. I want to help in the community as much as I can.
What have I missed?