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...
Church planters must be responsive to the community

Church planters must be responsive to the community

The term Dr. Charles Ridley uses for this essential church planter competency is “contextualizing.” A planter who is responsive to the community, “discerns the culture of the local context and implements redemptive ministries that meet the needs of people.”...
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...
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,...
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...