For the last 15 years I have…
…read every book, every article, every blog on church planting that I possibly could.
…attended all the conferences and trainings that I could about church planting and church leadership.
…listened to hundreds, quite possibly thousands of messages and trainings about church planting.
…talked to hundreds and hundreds of church leaders, church planters and church ‘experts’ about church planting.
It’s been a very quite passion. My professional ministry life has always been about youth ministry and small groups (and I’m still CRAZY PASSIONATE about them) and as much as I was studying and researching youth ministry, very quietly, I dove into the church planting world.
Actually, at one point, I didn’t think I would ever plant a church. I thought God would send me into a church on it’s last legs and I would be used to bring it back to life.
God had other plans
All that to say…I am no expert on church planting. But, I have a passion to see new churches birthed/planted/launched and I’m excited to pour my life into seeing that happen the next 30-40-50 years of my life.
For me, there is nothing greater to invest my life into than the local church. Now, of course my relationship with God and my family take a higher place. But, as I search my heart and my life and the world around me, there is nothing else that even comes close.
Nothing comes close.
As I’ve been studying, reading and researching, I’ve been thinking about my role as a church planter.
What are the main things I need to do to launch this church. How should I go about them?
The conclusion I’ve come too is this…
My #1 Role as a Church Planter is to Tell Everyone
Tell everyone. Yup, that’s the first role. Now, yes, I will pray and I will seek God, but I think my first priority is tell everyone that I know and that I meet about the church that God has laid on my heart.
That means I need to cast vision for this new church…ALL THE TIME.
…What we’re about.
…Our dream and vision.
…What God is doing in my life and our teams.
I think this is one of the most important roles I have as a church planter. I need to tell everyone I can about the call that God has put on my heart to plant a church.