Nine Essential Qualities Found in Replant Leaders

Episode #020
December 21, 2017
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Raising up leaders in a replant situation is important. Today we highlight nine characteristics to look for in potential replant leaders.

Today’s Listener Question:


As I have begun to develop leaders, what character qualities should you look for in potential leaders that are not only walking alongside of you in a replant but previous to replanting this church, have seen hurt and pain in the church? How can you help to develop confidence as we move forward?

Episode Highlights:

  • When you are replanting a church, you don’t need a pipeline as much as you need a lifeline.
  • Church leaders should have a love for the church—even in all its disfunction.
  • Church leaders shouldn’t only want to lead people, but shepherd them as well.
  • “Church members will follow your leadership to the degree they trust your shepherding.”
  • The more that someone is praying, the less they are likely to be critical.
  • The bar for how we should love is how Christ loved the Church.

The nine characteristics you should look for in leaders are:

  1. Emotional intelligence
  2. Deep love for the church
  3. A shepherd’s heart
  4. Committed to prayer
  5. Able to keep confidence
  6. Supporting spouse
  7. Able to teach
  8. Exemplary lifestyle
  9. Prioritizes family

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Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing the birth rate of new churches. To learn more about what it means to become a replanting pastor or to explore resources for replanting and revitalization in your own church, visit

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