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It seems that most agree the gifts needed to plant a church are different to the ones needed to pastor one. Nonetheless, first you gotta check out 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1. Planters must qualify as elders.
Chandler reckons that a planter’s primary gifting should be in evangelism. A planter needs to be the kind of guy who asks himself: “Why do I work out at this gym?”, “Why do we walk in this park?”, “Why do my kids play this sport?”, all with evangelism in mind. Successful planters who are not primarily evangelists are rare.
In a recent conversation with Craig Tucker, who has planted in Blacktown and Drummoyne, he said you’ve got to be someone who can start something and it actually gets going. Seems obvious, but the temptation for young punks like me is simply to assume that when we actually get around to starting something, it will be awesome… Mikey has mentioned he’s worried for the idealists charging out to plant churches. I think the “Can you get something running? test” helps with that.
PS. Want to see Acts29’s giant list of qualifications? It’s here.