A couple decades ago, pastors would have never desired to go to dying churches. With replanting, now they are enthusiastically moving to churches to replant them.
Today’s Listener Question:
I’m currently in seminary and will graduate in the next year. As I prayerfully look at possible pastorates over the next year, what would you tell me to consider to determine if I am called to replant or not? How do I know if I’m called to that? What would you say are the essential qualities that a person needs to be able to replant a church?
- God truly is calling pastors to replant churches.
- If you don’t have anyone who can speak truth into your life and ministry, you aren’t ready for the pastorate.
- Pastors, make sure you have people in your life who you can trust to tell you the truth about yourself.
- Different generations of people process decisions differently.
- You’re not going to successfully replant a church if you’re not discipling and evangelizing.
The five basic steps we walk through are:
- Start with self analysis
- Do you have tactical patience?
- Can you work with multi generations of people well?
- Do you have an appreciation for history?
- Are you a disciple maker?
- Do you possess the heart of the missionary?
- Can you succeed and find happiness if you’re not affirmed constantly by people around you?
- Spend time with pastors of dying churches
- Spend time with church planters
- Spend time with mature pastors
- Consider a formal replanter assessment if all of that still draws you to replanting.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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