Before you set out to plant a church, your heart must be broken for the community. It may seem obvious and you’re most likely nodding your head in the affirmative. But you must be sure.
There are going to be set-backs and disappointments in your church planting. There will be times when the only thing that holds you to the cause is your love for the people in your community.
And if your heart isn’t broken don’t even bother planting. If you do, it’s really about you then. And that’s a sin.
You can’t just tell us your heart is broken. I’d recommend you spend some time really thinking/praying through this.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine if you’re heart really is broken for the place where you will plant.
- If this is the only place you’ll ever plant a church will you be content?
- Do you see the suffering? It’s there. Does it move you in a significant way.
- Do you see/understand the assets of the community?
- Do you have a holy discontent for the community?
- What evidence do you have that God is at work in this place? Is it clear how He’s calling you to participate.
- Do you find it easy to connect with people?
- Do you have an extra dose of patience for people?
- Do you understand how people in the community live, work and play? Do you respect it?
- Do you see the people of the community through God’s eyes? What evidence do you have?
- Do you find that you are genuinely interested in all people/groups you encounter in the community.
What about you? What are some ways you can be sure you’re heart is broken for the community?
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