I have been coaching Church Planters full time since 2000. During the first years, I developed Gospel Coaching and the C.R.O.S.S. Coaching conversation so that I could remind each Planter of the importance of the Gospel in planting a Christ-centered, missionally engaged church.
I’ve found that there are about 10 key dimensions to every Church Planter, whether planting in a major urban USA city, a growing suburb, mercy neighborhood, or in a city in Cuba. Every Church Planter can and should be aware of these keys so that they can stay on top of the their game. Ok, I know this is not a game, but you get the idea.
This is your calling, but it is also your craft, and you’d better stay focused. No matter how simple you want church planting to be in your life, it is complex. But, no matter how complex it gets, there is a great degree of simplicity to it.
In the Church Leader Inventory (the assessing tool we operate and use in all our coaching and assessing), the First Dimension, among the ten church planter leadership dimensions, is Integrity.
The folks that did the research said Integrity was the most important because, I think, they knew character makes up for skill deficiency, but powerful skills will never make up for weak character.
First, we focus on inner heart qualities. Not because people will follow you and you will grow a big church. People do follow men with deep inner strength and they will listen to someone who has both feet firmly planted. But we should be leaders with strong inner heart character because that is what the Gospel is doing in and through us.
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!