Necessary Qualities and Skills of a Church Planting Team
Unit 5: Issue 3 – Project 1
Quality of Leadership
I’d like to first preface this project with a definition of what context the different qualities and skills needed for a church plant will take place in.
When you start off as a church chances are you won’t have any biblically qualified elders or deacons yet (although legally in the U.S. you have to have elders to be recognized as a church). So to simply define the qualities and skills of a church planting team to be the same things that qualify an elder or deacon would be somewhat erroneous. Instead let’s look at what a church needs to thrive in its beginning stages. In Issue 1 of this Unit 5, I discussed a basic definition for a “healthy” church. With that definition came a process that the church should go through leading up to living it out. That process is the context for these qualities and skills we will be discussing here.
A healthy church – according to the definition I gave in Project 1 of Issue 1 – bears with it four key components: leadership, activity, one-mindedness, and the gospel. The leadership guides the congregation to be active in its surrounding community with a sense of unity (one-mindedness) as an agent of the gospel.
Priesthood of all Believers:
The thought that we all have our role in sharing the “excellencies” or “goodness” of God needs to be our mindset (1 Peter 2:9). Every person who is a part of a church planting team absolutely without a shadow of a doubt has got to carry with them the burden to share the gospel with people. If they don’t have this than it will be impossible for them to grasp the magnitude of what they are a part of because this is the whole purpose behind the church as it exists today.
“Called” By God:
There is a fervor that exists inside of a person who feels “called” to something. In the case of church planting, if you feel called to that particular church plant the burden to share the gospel should be coupled with this. Planting a church requires hard work and dedication from every team member as well, and if a person doesn’t feel called to it they will become overwhelmed or tired of being a part of it all.
Communicate the Gospel:
If a person doesn’t have the capacity to effectively communicate the gospel than church planting is probably not for them. That’s not to say that everyone needs to be a scholar, but even the ability to share their testimony of God’s involvement in their life can get the point across; often times much more powerfully than a scholarly presentation.
There has to be at least one lead pastor in every church planting team. If there is no leader the team would have no direction and would continue to spin their tires without getting anywhere (Mark 6:34).
It would be a plus to have certain people gifted in particular areas such as evangelism or discipleship. But in general, a church planting team needs to take on an identity of its own and engage their community in the best ways they can according to their personal giftings and abilities. The benefit of having the Holy Spirit doing all of the work for us and through us is that He uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. These qualities and skills are very generic Christian traits for the most part because it doesn’t take a super extraordinary group of people to do great things for the Kingdom of God.