“This year it was exciting to hear about the range of models of church planting that are happening across the country. To meet church planters from the front line and work with them on the issues that they are facing. To see the common threads within the models. It is exciting to be with people who understand that the church is first and foremost centred on Jesus.”
Philip Bryant reflects on the recent Crossover Church Planter’s Consultation in March, and also discusses why church planting is needed in Australia. “We need new expressions of church to reach the myriads of cultures that exist in Australia… ”
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A church I know was running a large and successful Christmas outreach program and one of the church members involved invited her neighbour. She came along and enjoyed it and, afterwards, said to the church member, “That was a great story about the baby in a manger. I’ve never heard it before. Did you write it?”
My experience is that we talk a lot about church planting and most of the time we tend to focus on such areas as the needs, strategies, style, demographics, personnel etc. A concern that I have long held is that of how we identify potential lead church planters so that we can guide, support, equip and mentor them.
From my experience church planters have come from all walks of life and a variety of experiences. So much so, that I am reluctant to try to define their characteristics for fear of stereotyping, which is not helpful or realistic and in some senses could open me up to being accused of denying the action of the Holy Spirit in the whole enterprise. However, be that as it may, I have taken the liberty of listing a few characteristics that I have noticed as being common in, for want of a better word, “successful” church planters. These are meant as discussion starters and not to be definitive. I fully recognise that there may be other characteristics that may be present in a lead church planter but the following are some to consider. (more…)