Today we continue with Step 2 in the series: “Ten Practical Steps For Planting New Churches,” written by Rev. Manuel Molina Flores.
Every project requires planning. Jesus taught us no one begins to build without first calculating the cost. This does not mean we must wait until we have all resources in hand before planting a church. We know it is a work of faith and that Jesus taught us we do not need to bring along a cloak or a bag for money, but rather that we should trust the One who has power over all of heaven and earth. The One with this authority is the one who sends us into the fields. Planning is better applied to strategy we should follow in our new church planting effort and in learning the characteristics of the community we hope to contact. For instance: Who are they? Where are they? What types of jobs are common? How do they live? What do they believe? What needs to they have? What services do they have? How do they govern themselves? Are they receptive or resistant to the gospel? Etc.
Plan for the church to grow beyond your abilities to lead it.
If the Ten Steps are faithfully implemented, the inevitable result will be the founder of the church will realize it is impossible to do all the work. The founder will be forced to transfer some ministry responsibilities to the new believers.
We must learn that this is one of the most important and positive moments in our ministry, and we must be willing to live with the frustrations, tensions and problems that forcibly produce these transitions. Our true identity will be reflected in the multiplication of our vision and convictions in the lives of the new leaders. It will not be reflected in rotating the people, programs and activities around us. Nor is the solution “importing” leaders from other places to attend to the needs in the new church. It is more probable that these approaches will produce problems.
Evangelism must be planned in the life of the church or it will NOT succeed.
***We will continue this series with step three in our next article.