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Creating ownership of ministry

Creating ownership of ministry

An essential competency of any successful church planter is the ability to create ownership of ministry. It’s not just MY church; it’s OUR church. These planters: Make multiplying disciplemakers Recruit and mobilizes others Instill in others a sense of personal...

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Today's blog entry is by guest blogger Eliza Cortés Bast Eliza is a Ministry Leader and Strategist. You can find her on Instagram @elizacortesbast. I quickly pulled the piece of paper from my bag as I sat at my desk.  A few weeks prior, I had committed to journeying...

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Visionizing capacity: not just a dreamer

Visionizing capacity: not just a dreamer

An essential quality for church planters is that he or she has a visionizing capacity. This doesn’t just mean having dreams. There are lots of dreamers. But a church planter has the dream and gets others to buy in and live it out. It means taking the dream and...

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Bounce-back-ability

Bounce-back-ability

In this blog entry, let’s zero in on one church planter competency: resilience. The official definition from the Church Planter Assessment is: Resilience—stays the course in the face of major setbacks, disappointments, and opposition. Dr. Charles Ridley,...

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Planter “knock-out” factors

Planter “knock-out” factors

I used to think you could coach and train almost anyone into anything. But after many years of being as a practitioner of both, I now see that you need to have some starting-point qualities from which to work. Without these qualities, the church planter is eventually...

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Supervisory questions

Supervisory questions

In the past on this blog, I have recommended doing supervision sessions with your staff people four times a year, with monthly coaching sessions in between those. But what does a good supervisory session look like? What topics should you cover? How should that staff...

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Taking a step back: the personal audit

Taking a step back: the personal audit

Periodically I find it necessary to take a step back and reflect on my life, my goals, and the direction I’m heading. Over the summer can be a great time to do that. Get away to the woods, the mountains, the ocean, the lakes… wherever is peaceful enough for you to...

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What’s holding back disciplemaking?

What’s holding back disciplemaking?

What’s holding back the acceleration of disciplemaking movements around the world? Someone asked me this question recently and I thought hard about the answer. Here are some notes I took on some of the obstacles I see holding back the acceleration of disciplemaking...

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