4 Crucial Qualities for the Church Planting Pastor

Keep the Spiritual Disciplines


In this training post, Ed Stetzer will teach church planting pastors to adopt four crucial qualities they need to establish from the outset to form a gospel-centered church.

The vocation of church planting typically draws a particular type of leadership personality. In this first video, he encourages and warns the entrepreneurial church planter.


Do you tend toward entrepreneur or disciple? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your personality in this regard?
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Which spiritual disciplines are hard for you to keep? How will make these a priority in your walk with the Lord?
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"What makes you a good church planter doesn’t always make you the best disciple, so nurture the disciple disciplines.”

 
Discover Leaders


You can't do this alone. A successful church planter will find and develop a leadership team.


1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)

10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


John 20:21 (ESV)

21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


In which individuals do you see good leadership potential? What traits do you see in each that will serve him or her well in ministry?
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What plan do you have to help each individual in your church develop their discipleship and find how God has gifted them to go out on mission?
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Are you already thinking ahead to where your congregation will multiply? Where might good opportunities lie for further multiplication and sending?
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"We ask them to put their yes on the table and let God put it on the map."

Show and Share the Gospel


The church has been sent on mission and you you can encourage and equip your congregation  to understand that Christ's commission is for every believer.


How does your church demonstrate the gospel?
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How does your church proclaim the gospel?
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How do you (or will you) set the example for your congregation concerning evangelism?
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"As a pastor, you can't lead what you don't live."

Let the Gospel Shape all that you Do


The facts of the gospel and the propagation of the gospel are unbreakably linked, and this should be evident in the life of your church.


Luke 24:46-47 (ESV)

46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,47and that repentance andforgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


How does the gospel inform the fellowship community of your church?
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How does the gospel inform the sending character of your church?
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Once again, the four qualities are:
  1. Keep the Spiritual Disciplines
  2. Discover Leaders
  3. Show and Share the Gospel
  4. Let the Gospel Shape all that you Do

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from this training? What are you already planning to implement in the life and work of your church?
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“The gospel is the good news that God, who is more holy than we can imagine, looked with compassion upon people more sinful than we would possibly admit and sent Jesus into history to reconcile people to himself”