On Tuesday I was involved in some on-line mentor training led by Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI). All of the presenters were friends of mine and they did a fantastic job of sharpening our focus on how to mentor the church planters with whom we are working. And like any good mentor, each of them reminded all of us who were participating, of things we already knew—-but may have forgotten.
So today, I want to pass on to the men I am mentoring personally and to the one’s who read this blog some basic things that simply CAN NOT be neglected.
There are a zillion, literally a zillion things (I counted!) to do when you set out to plant a church. But there is only one place to begin. Jesus, before He set about choosing His disciples spent 40 days praying in the wilderness. Before He let the disciples launch the Church, He sent them to an upper room to wait and pray. They did that for 50 days. Then on Pentacost Sunday, He empowered them with His Holy Spirit, and the undefeatable Church was born. (cf. Mark 1:12, 3:13; Luke 4-5; Matthew 4:1-13, 5:1-11; Acts 1-2)
Before you do ANYTHING, get away for a concentrated time of prayer. DCPI calls it
The BOSS Principle: Christ is the Lord of church planting and He has a vision for your new church
The POWER PRINCIPLE: Prayer is the indispensable source of God’s power and wisdom in each phase of church planting.
Guys, nothing is more important than getting God’s plan for the church you plant. NOTHING. Everything you do before you have God’s plan for your church is wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3:12). Contact me if you need ideas for how or where to get away, or if you want some ideas on how to structure your days of prayer. If can help you secure a place or pay for a place or negotiate a place for you, I will do everything in my power to do it. I want you to succeed. I don’t want you to waste your time. But you will waste time and you will not succeed if you don’t follow the model of Christ.
Or worse, you will “succeed” in some manner, but fail miserably at pleasing the only Audience that matters.