In my years of assessing and coaching Church Planters I’ve learned a lot about what makes people tick; the things that make a person get up and at it every day. Being self-aware of who we are and why we behave the way we do can be a tremendous help before planting a church.
The International Church Planting Center has a church leadership inventory for Church Planters. They’ve discovered these 4 reasons why a Church Planter might stall in achieving planting objectives:
1. Self-Centered: Church leaders find their identity in Christ’s forgiveness and acceptance. When they are overly preoccupied with themselves they show signs of insecurity, pride, love of attention, and acclaim and (at times) irritation and anger. Being eager for quick success, they may cut corners and betray trust. Specifically, this may look like: Arrogant, Betrays Trust, & Unethical.
2. Doesn’t Relate Well to Context or Others: Church leaders gather and build the church primarily through helpful relationships with people. They are interested in others and go out of their way to serve them. When church leaders are stiff and uneasy in their interpersonal contacts, strangers and new acquaintances may feel they are unapproachable and withdraw. Specifically, this may look like: Un-adaptable and Blocked Learner.
3. Doesn’t Inspire or Build Talent: Church leaders are “talent scouts”- they know how to spot leadership in others, enhance a leader’s abilities, and empower and place leaders. However, when they are confused or distrustful about delegation they may refuse to build a team or attempt to micro-manage. Specifically, this may look like: Fails to Build Trust and Fails to Staff Effectively.
4. Trouble with Results: Church leaders are intrigued and challenged by the complexity of the future. They are able to bring several unrelated streams of information together to form a compelling vision. Consequently, they are good at clarifying concepts and developing effective strategies. Those church leaders who find it difficult to set concrete goals and effective strategies often see their churches stagnate or fail to grow. Specifically, this may look like: Non-Strategic.
(Ref. Church Leader Inventory, International Church Planting Center. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.)
Remember, you don’t have to plant a church alone. At CMM, we believe every pastor, church planter, ministry leader, and missionary is created to thrive in ministry. We suggest getting a C.R.O.S.S. Gospel Coach to help walk with you through the challenges you’ve never faced before. A C.R.O.S.S. Coach will help encourage and equip you every step along the way.
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Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!